Government Accepts Bradley Manning’s Plea to Lesser Offense Related to Disclosure of Diplomatic Cable

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 1:25 pm

The government had previously indicated it would present all evidence related to all charges, regardless of the fact that Pfc. Bradley Manning pled guilty to some of the offenses he faced. But, in military court today, a military prosecutor informed the judge that the government would not be making a case that Manning committed the [...]

Bradley Manning’s Final Pretrial Hearing (Day 1)

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 9:47 am

2:55 PM EST That does it. Thanks for following. June 3 – trial begins. 2:50 PM EST A number of the witnesses testifying in secret will be testifying to Specifications 12 & 13, counts related to the disclosure of US diplomatic cables. Up to this point, the State Department has exercised incredible control over the information going [...]

Secret Hearing in Bradley Manning Court Martial a Preview of What is to Come During Trial

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 2:37 pm

This week, another pretrial hearing is taking place at Fort Meade in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who the United States military is prosecuting for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. It begins today and will take place over a period of at least two days. Except, for this hearing, the public will [...]

Military Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Press to Bring Transparency to Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:19 pm

A military appeals court has decided journalists and media organizations in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) do not have standing to challenge the lack of access to court records in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. [...]

Military Officer Suggests Press at Bradley Manning Proceedings ‘Police’ Each Other to Prevent Leaks

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 9:56 pm

In reaction to the leak of audio of a statement read by Pfc. Bradley Manning in military court at Fort Meade last month, a military public affairs officer told reporters credentialed to cover his court martial, “Police yourselves.” The officer scolded the press saying, “If there is another violation, everyone feels the pain, not just [...]

Bradley Manning’s April Pretrial Hearing: Day 1

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 9:32 am

4:05 PM EST The judge read a ruling on closing the proceedings and “John Doe,” the Defense Department “operator” that the government wants to testify on Al Qaeda evidence that was obtained during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. He will be allowed to testify from an undisclosed location and in disguise so long as [...]

Only a Few Reporters Have Bothered to Truly Confront Secrecy in Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Monday March 25, 2013 11:01 am

Just over one year ago, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sent a letter to the military judge presiding over Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial that decried the “lack of openness” in proceedings. It condemned the fact that “documents and information filed in the case” were “not available to the public anywhere.” It complained about [...]

Bill Keller Ponders What Would Have Happened if NYT Published Information from Bradley Manning

By: Sunday March 10, 2013 10:48 pm

(update below) Former executive editor and current columnist of the New York Times has published an op-ed on Bradley Manning. Keller, who was executive editor when WikiLeaks obtained information from Manning and partnered with the newspaper to publish the disclosures, outlines what he believes could have happened. Keller piously writes: In his statement to the military court, Manning said that [...]

WikiLeaks Withholding Documents Submitted by Bradley Manning on Iraqi Federal Police Until Court Martial Over

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:48 pm

(update below) WikiLeaks has documents on a February 2010 incident involving Iraqi Federal Police arrests and the detention and possible torture of opponents of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report by Philip Dorling for the Australian newspaper, The Age. Dorling reported the media organization’s editor-in-chief confirmed it received “classified material” from Manning [...]

US Army Makes Bradley Manning Court Martial Bit Less Secretive to Avert First Amendment Ruling

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 6:42 pm

Frequently throughout the long and drawn out process that has become the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, reporters covering proceedings have complained or expressed frustration about the lack of access to court records. But, finally, the military has decided to allow a smidgen of transparency in the court martial to possibly avoid a major [...]

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