Posts Tagged ‘ Bradley Manning ’

Prosecutors in Manning show trial get another swing before sentencing

August 16, 2013
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Fox News    

"Army prosecutors are getting one more chance to present evidence [sic] that Pfc. Bradley Manning deserves [sic] a long prison sentence for disclosing a trove of classified information through WikiLeaks. ... Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for his [heroism]." (08/16/13)

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Show trial update: Manning apologizes for revealing the truth

August 15, 2013
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NBC News    

"Private Bradley Manning, convicted of handing state secrets to WikiLeaks, on Wednesday told the sentencing part of his court martial that he was sorry for his actions and for hurting the United States. 'I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States,' he said. 'I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me.'" [editor's note: No, I don't blame him for giving in to the demand for a public "confession." That's how show trials work, and they've had three years to coerce it from him - TLK] (08/14/13)

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Lind cuts potential sentence for Manning

August 7, 2013
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Reuters    

"A U.S. military judge reduced potential prison time for Private First Class Bradley Manning to 90 years from 136 years on Tuesday by ruling that some sentences for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks should be merged. Court-martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind convicted Manning, 25, last week on 19 criminal counts, including espionage and theft, for providing more than 700,000 secret files to WikiLeaks in the largest unauthorized release of secret data in U.S. history." [editor's note: Given the "show trial" nature of this proceeding, I expect this number to keep dropping; they really don't want a martyr here, anymore than the old Soviets did - SAT] (08/06/13)

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Manning’s lawyers argue charges should be merged, reduced in number for sentencing purposes

August 6, 2013
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Fox News    

"Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are pursuing strategies aimed at reducing his possible sentence for disclosing classified information through the website WikiLeaks. A military judge is considering those motions as Manning's sentencing hearing continues Tuesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore." (08/06/13)

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The trials of Bradley Manning

August 4, 2013
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The Nation
by Chase Madar  

"In late July, the trial of Bradley Manning finally came to a close in a heavily air-conditioned courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland, where the young private from Crescent, Oklahoma, was prosecuted for the largest security breach in US history. Manning had already pleaded guilty to ten of the lesser charges against him -- for instance, unauthorized possession and improper storage of classified material, which together carry a maximum twenty-year term. But this was not enough for the prosecution: it pressed on with a dozen more serious offenses, including the potential capital crime of aiding the enemy as well as charges stemming from the Espionage Act of 1917." (08/04/13)

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Bradley Manning’s mother: My son is “Superman”

August 4, 2013
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"In a rare interview, the British mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has urged her son not to give up hope, even as he faces up to 136 years in prison for disclosing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents. In comments published by the Mail on Sunday, Susan Manning said he should know she considered him her 'Superman.' ... 'Never give up hope, son,' she was quoted as saying. 'I know I may never see you again, but I know you will be free one day. I pray it is soon.' Susan Manning, a 59-year-old from Wales, had not given an interview in years." (08/04/13)

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Verdict due today in Manning show trial

July 30, 2013
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Fox News    

"It's judgment day for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the court-martial for the former intelligence analyst was expected to announce her decision Tuesday afternoon. Manning faces 21 counts including espionage, computer fraud and theft charges, but the most serious is aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence." (07/30/13)

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Manning show trial drawing to a close

July 25, 2013
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New York Times    

"The court-martial trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose leaks of vast archives of secret government documents to WikiLeaks lifted a veil on American military and diplomatic activities, will begin to draw to a close on Thursday as lawyers deliver closing arguments over charges that could send him to prison for life. The trial began in early June with dueling portrayals of Private Manning. The prosecution argues that he is a traitor who recklessly endangered lives; his lawyers say he is a principled protester who was motivated by a desire to help society better understand the world. Both sides are likely to reprise those themes on Thursday." (07/25/13)

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A bright ray of hope for Bradley Manning

July 24, 2013
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OpEdNews
by Chris Floyd  

"In the long dark night of our military imperium, a shaft of light, of hope, has suddenly appeared. And it comes from -- of all places -- the very pinnacle of the military justice system that is bearing down on Manning: the Court of Appeal of the Armed Forces of the United States. For it turns out that if a military prisoner has faced the least mistreatment during incarceration, even a temporary abuse of due process, then all charges against him will be dropped and he can walk free. And since Manning has manifestly faced any number of abuses of due process and egregious mistreatment, then we can be supremely confident that the military Court of Appeal -- which enshrined this Solomonic principle in a recent case -- will act with perfect consistency and release Bradley Manning in good time, whatever the eventual outcome of his current trial. After all, that's what the Court has done for poor Lawrence Hutchins III ..." (07/23/13)

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Manning show trial shifts to video of US troops murdering civilians

June 10, 2013
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Fresno Bee    

"The court-martial of a U.S. Army private who gave troves of classified material to the website WikiLeaks is shifting in its second week to specific items he sent. ... The prosecution lineup includes two witnesses familiar with video of a 2009 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed at least 26 civilians. Manning has acknowledged sending the video to WikiLeaks from Iraq in the spring of 2010. But it was never posted online." (06/10/13)

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Bradley Manning is guilty of “aiding the enemy” — if the enemy is democracy

June 6, 2013
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Norman Solomon  

"When the deceptive operation of the warfare state can’t stand the light of day, truth-tellers are a constant hazard. And culpability must stay turned on its head." (06/06/13)

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Would Bradley Manning be better off in a civilian court?

June 5, 2013
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The Nation
by Chase Madar  

"Today in Bradley Manning’s court-martial, witnesses from his Army Intelligence unit in Iraq were called to the stand to answer questions. ... All of this speaks to whether Pfc. Manning knew that declassifying those thousands of documents would specifically help al Qaeda and associates, which is what the prosecution needs to prove in order to make the 'Aiding the Enemy' charge stick. I give them only a 1-in-3 chance of success with this bit of Orwellian overreach." [editor's note: Short answer, YES! (One would assume an actual judge would throw the thing out immediately) - SAT] (06/05/13)

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Bradley Manning show trial opens

June 3, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Baltimore Sun    

"The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the onetime Maryland resident at the center of the largest security breach in U.S. history, begins today at Fort Meade. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including diplomatic cables, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and gunsight video footage of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed civilians in Baghdad, to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The 25-year-old soldier faces charges including violating the Espionage Act and aiding the enemy. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison." (06/03/13)

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Thanking Bradley Manning

May 30, 2013
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Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Kathy Kelly  

"A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning. Basir Bita, a regular visitor to the APV household, began the evening’s discussion noting that June 1st will mark the beginning of Bradley Manning’s fourth year in prison. Two days later his trial will begin, a trial which could sadly result in his imprisonment for a life sentence. June 1st also begins an international week of support and solidarity, aimed at thanking Bradley Manning. #ThankManning!" (05/29/13)

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Judge: Parts of Manning’s show trial will be held off-stage

May 22, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Big News Network [United Arab Emirates]    

"A military judge said Tuesday portions of the court-martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be closed to the public to protect classified material. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, ruled two dozen witnesses will be allowed to give at least some of their testimony in secrecy, The Washington Post reported. Lind said alternatives, such as using code names, were considered to keep the entire trial open, but ultimately she decided that would allow people to 'connect the dots' and learn classified information, the newspaper said." [editor's note: This is the same judge who decided that the "speedy" part of "speedy public trial" didn't matter, so it's not surprising she'd 86 the "public" part too - TLK] (05/22/13)

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Judge: Regime must prove Manning helped al Qaeda

April 10, 2013
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The US government must prove that Bradley Manning knowingly helped al-Qaeda by leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks in order to convict him of 'aiding the enemy,' a judge has ruled. The ruling by Judge Denise Lind at a preliminary hearing raises the bar for convicting Manning -- who has admitted leaking the documents but denied aiding the enemy -- of the most serious charge he faces." [editor's note: Actually, since Congress has declined to declare war, there is no legal "enemy" Manning could conceivably be accused of "aiding" - TLK] (04/11/13)

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The war against Bradley Manning

March 13, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"Thanks to the U.S. government’s growing intolerance for dissidents who insist on transparency and accountability, oppose its endless wars and targeted killings of innocent civilians and terrorists alike, and demand that government officials abide by the rule of law, that list of so-called 'enemies of the state' is growing. One such 'enemy of the state' is Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst who has been targeted by the Obama administration for holding up a mirror to the bloated face of American empire." (03/13/13)

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Manning speaks

March 12, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by Bradley Manning  

Smuggled ecording of Bradley Manning's statement in court circa early March. [Flash audio] (03/12/13)

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Manning vs. the Marines

December 4, 2012
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Kelley B Vlahos Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"As far as villains go, Pfc. Bradley Manning is hardly quintessential. At 5 foot 2 inches tall, his slender frame and bespectacled image has invoked snickers, sarcasm and according to reporting over the last two years, a lifetime of bullying. ... One can’t imagine worse conditions than being 21-year-old Manning in Army boot camp. Except a 23-year-old Manning incarcerated by the Marines." (12/04/12)

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Manning up

December 4, 2012
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CounterPunch
by Randall Amster  

"Whatever one’s views about his alleged actions, you would need a pretty hard shell not to be moved by the case of Bradley Manning. Hero to some, traitor to others, this diminutive soldier has endured an unprecedented level of mistreatment, languishing in a largely incommunicado pretrial state for more than two years and facing repeated episodes of humiliation and degradation. Compounding this case is Manning’s status as a gay solider, for which he had experienced repercussions well before gaining international notoriety as a purported Wikileaks source for some of the whistleblowing site’s most damning allegations about governmental and military machinations around the world." (12/04/12)

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The humiliation of Bradley Manning

November 29, 2012
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CounterPunch
by Ray McGovern  

"It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment while other military officers privately took note but did nothing." (11/29/12)

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Breaking Private Manning

November 27, 2012
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Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Michael Ratner  

"By the time the 23-year-old soldier’s court martial starts on February 4, 2013, Bradley Manning will have spent 983 days in prison, including nine months in solitary confinement, without having been convicted of a single crime. This week, in pre-trail hearings, a military court is reviewing evidence that the conditions under which he has been held constitute torture. These conditions include the nine-month period spent 23 hours a day in a six-by-eight-foot cell where he was forbidden to lie down or even lean against a wall when he was not sleeping -- and when he was allowed to sleep at night, officers woke him every five minutes -- and where he was subjected to daily strip searches and forced nudity. The UN Special Rapporteur for Torture has already found this amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and possibly torture." (11/27/12)

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Assange to Obama: Stop Wikileaks witch hunt

August 19, 2012
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Wikileaks CBS News    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on President Obama to end a "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, after appearing in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago. ... He also called on the U.S. to release Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who has been charged with aiding the enemy by passing the secret files to WikiLeaks and is awaiting trial." (08/19/12)

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Bradley Manning’s support system

July 17, 2012
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Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"Manning’s trial is scheduled for September, but with all the legal wrangling, could easily be pushed back to the winter of 2013, making it even more difficult to keep the public’s attention on the case and the funding stream steadily flowing to defend him, say supporters. Indeed the mission to save Bradley Manning is a race against time and even more importantly, against a wall of secrecy. And apathy." (07/17/12)

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Rules are rules

May 6, 2012
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Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs  

"That video was the first time most Americans had heard about Wikileaks. Not long after, the name of Bradley Manning also entered the US consciousness. He would be accused of releasing that video and thousands of other documents relating to the US wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, along with thousands of diplomatic cables describing in oftentimes explicit detail the crimes and morally questionable actions and words of Washington officials. Soon, Mr. Manning would be charged with treason and aiding the enemy (among other charges) for his actions. He is currently on trial in a US military court located at Fort Meade, MD. and faces life imprisonment. It is my belief that only an immense and broad popular movement could possibly change that fate." (05/06/12)

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