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US versus Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks, and the Press, the Time Line

US versus Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks, and the Press, the Time Line
Populating content today. Populating content today... This is a transcript of the Motion Hearing held on June 6, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland in US v Pfc. Bradley Manning. Judge: Army Col. 09:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Judge Lind Called to order. Lind goes through the script of reading Pfc. [Military counsel] is provided at no expense to you. If you are represented by military counsel of your own selection, then your detailed military counsel will be excused. Do you understand that? Bradley Manning Yes, your Honor. So the documents that Mr. In addition to military defense counsel you have the right to be represented by civilian counsel at no expense to the Government. Civilian counsel may represent you with military defense counsel or you can excuse your military counsel and be represented only by your civilian counsel. Do you understand your....? Yes, Ma'am. OK so at this point you have a detailed military defense counsel. Are these the three attorneys that you want to represent you [Mr. OK. OK. 1.) Related:  US of A vs. Prviate Manning

Bradley Manning, the NDAA and Wikileaks Alexa O’Brien is a journalist, researcher, and social activist. She is currently investigating the Bradley Manning trial and the US government’s pursuit of Wikileaks. JAMES GREEN: Could you start off by telling me about the work you’re doing right now on the Bradley Manning case? ALEXA O`BRIEN: Sure. And then there is more in-depth coverage and profiles I’ve built, including witness profiles and a reconstructed Appellate List available at GREEN: Just for people who are not familiar with the legal jargon, what is that? O’BRIEN: It`s basically the court docket. GREEN: What is the justification given for it being done in such secrecy? O’BRIEN: It is a military trial, but it doesn’t matter. GREEN: Where exactly are these trials taking place? O’BRIEN: To give you a kind of high overview, US v. GREEN: What is the General Convening Authority? GREEN: So are there no other professional journalists in attendance at these proceedings? O’BRIEN: Yes.

Bradley Manning Pretrial Hearing Puts Military On Trial In WikiLeaks Case Bradley Manning is finally getting his day in court. The Army private accused of giving thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks took the witness stand on Thursday and Friday in a pretrial hearing. Manning and his defense lawyer are in essence putting the military on trial, arguing that Manning's treatment in the Marine Corps brig at Quantico was so harsh that his court martial charges should be dropped. Manning, 24, speaking in public in court Thursday at Fort Meade in Maryland for the first time since he was accused in May 2010 of leaking thousands of military and diplomatic documents to the website, detailed some of the 917 days he had spent in custody. He endured many of them in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, stripped naked at night on suicide watch -- conditions that the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture found to be "cruel and unusual." On Friday, military prosecutors sought to challenge that argument. But it did not work. Also on HuffPost:

Turning Their Back on Bradley Manning As the alleged source of many of the most vital WikiLeaks reports of the past several years, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning shed considerable light on how the United States has prosecuted the Iraq and Afghan wars. Other State Department cables reportedly leaked by Manning conveyed vital information about U.S. foreign policy. Manning has, in other words, been connected to a lot of news (FAIR Media Advisories, 4/7/10, 12/16/10, 7/30/10): the video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed several civilians (two Reuters journalists died in the attack); the revelation that hundreds of U.S. attacks on civilians in Afghanistan had been recorded by the military--but were unreported elsewhere; the cache of diplomatic cables that uncovered U.S. efforts to stymie legal investigations into torture, U.S. involvement in airstrikes in Yemen; and much more. Last week, the military trial at Fort Meade centered on the question of whether these pre-trial conditions were unlawful.

The Trials of Bradley Manning Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial. Manning is the alleged source of the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history. As he now faces 22 counts in a court martial that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, his lawyer argued in court that the case should be thrown out, based on his unlawful pretrial punishment. Veteran constitutional attorney Michael Ratner was in the courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., that day Manning took the stand. Ratner said Manning described being kept in a cage in Kuwait: “There were two cages. After Kuwait, Manning was shipped to a brig in Quantico. Manning’s cruel treatment was described by officials as necessary, as he was a suicide risk. This first phase of the court-martial, which Coombs calls “the unlawful pretrial punishment motion phase,” considered a defense motion to throw out the entire case. © 2011 Amy Goodman Distributed by King Features Syndicate

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To Some Charges In WikiLeaks Case FORT MEADE, Md. — Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, saying he was trying to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military prosecutors said they plan to move forward with a court-martial on 12 remaining charges against him, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. "I began to become depressed at the situation we found ourselves mired in year after year. In attempting counterinsurgency operations, we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists," the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst in Baghdad told a military judge. He added: "I wanted the public to know that not everyone living in Iraq were targets to be neutralized." The judge, Col. He will not be sentenced until his court-martial on the other charges is over.

The Dangerous Logic of the Bradley Manning Case After 1,000 days in pretrial detention, Private Bradley Manning yesterday offered a modified guilty plea for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks. But his case is far from over—not for Manning, and not for the rest of the country. The judge, Col. The prosecutor’s answer was simple: “Yes Ma'am.” The question was crisp and meaningful, not courtroom banter. The charge of "aiding the enemy" is vague. But that “Yes Ma'am” does something else: It makes the Manning prosecution a clear and present danger to journalism in the national security arena. A country's constitutional culture is made up of the stories we tell each other about the kind of nation we are. Whistleblowers play a critical constitutional role in our system of government, particularly in the area of national security. Freedom of the press is anchored in our constitution because it reflects our fundamental belief that no institution can be its own watchdog.

Manning to Face More Serious Charges in Leak Private Manning admitted in court on Thursday that he had provided about 700,000 government documents to , the antisecrecy group, in the most extensive leak of confidential and classified material in American history. But he pleaded guilty to the lesser charges in what is known as a “naked plea” — one made without the usual agreement with prosecutors to cap the potential sentence in return. After the plea, prosecutors and their boss, the commanding general of the Washington Military District, had the option of settling for the 10 charges to which he had admitted his guilt and proceeding directly to sentencing. Instead, they said they would continue with plans for a court-martial beginning June 3, with 141 prosecution witnesses scheduled to testify. Eugene R. “They want to scare the daylights out of other people,” Mr. That could be significant for a continuing federal grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks in Alexandria, Va. Reached by The Associated Press, Mr.

WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Says He Wanted to Show the Public the "True Costs of War" This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: For the first time, 25-year-old U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning has admitted to being the source behind the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. Reading for over an hour from a 35-page statement, Manning said, quote, "I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general." At the pretrial hearing at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, Manning pleaded guilty to reduced charges on 10 counts, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. For more, we’re joined by Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, lawyer for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Michael Ratner, welcome back to Democracy Now! MICHAEL RATNER: It was one of the more moving days I’ve ever spent in a courtroom. AMY GOODMAN: Remind us of how he did this.