A letter calling on the judge presiding over the court martial proceedings of Pfc. Bradley Manning to grant the press and public access to records in the proceedings has been sent by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The Center, which represents WikiLeaks and the media organization’s publisher Julian Assange are troubled by the secrecy that has enshrouded the proceedings. They call upon the judge to institute more transparency to better ensure that the proceedings are fair.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 22, 2012 3:15 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 12, 2012 2:45 pm|
The charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, are likely to proceed onto a court martial.
The investigative officer, Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who presided over the Article 32 hearing in December, recommended all twenty-three charges, including the charge of “aiding the enemy,” which rests upon the government’s assertion that Manning knowingly provided intelligence to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda through WikiLeaks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 10, 2012 1:30 pm|
POLITICO has obtained a copy of the Army’s analysis of media coverage of Bradley Manning’s Article 32 or pre-trial hearing. The public affairs staff was tasked with putting together daily reports on coverage.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 23, 2011 6:21 am|
Ashden Fein delivered the closing argument for the government and began by stating Pfc. Bradley Manning was a US Army intelligence analyst the Army trained and trusted to use intelligence systems. He “used that training to defy our trust to indiscriminately and systematically harm us.” He “abused our trust” and mined as much as information from SIPRnet while using the WikiLeaks “most wanted list” as a “guiding light.” And, he added, Manning “continued to harvest the information knowing it would be released and accessible to enemies.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 22, 2011 4:00 pm|
The pre-trial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, concluded with the government revealing in its closing argument for the first time the enemy, which they believe Manning’s actions aided: the terrorists.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 22, 2011 6:03 am|
[UPDATE - 8:51 AM EST] Awaiting presentation of closing arguments that are slated to begin at 9:00 AM EST this morning— It is worth noting it was highly unlikely from the start that this case would not move on to a court martial. Thus, rather than proving innocence, that is why the press and public [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 21, 2011 9:14 am|
Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing or, as it is more generally called, pre-trial hearing resumes today. The US government has finished presenting evidence. The defense will now begin to present its side of the case. Here are today’s developments and a recap of yesterday.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 20, 2011 3:37 pm|
Hacker Adrian Lamo was called to the stand by the prosecution to testify in the Pfc. Bradley Manning hearing. He took the stand just after a federal agent described his role as a confidential informant for the government. The testimony was some of the most exciting testimony thus far.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday December 17, 2011 10:00 am|
Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing or, as it is more generally called, pre-trial hearing resumes today with the government laying out the evidence it thinks it has to support their prosecution.
Members of the prosecution are Captain Ashden Fein, Captain Joe Morrow and Captain Angel Overgaard. Members of the defense are Mr. David Coombs, Major Matthew Kemkes and Captain Paul Bouchard.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 15, 2011 7:40 am|
Pfc. Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing, also being referred to as his pre-trial hearing, will begin on December 16 at Ft. Meade, Maryland. The hearing could potentially last until Friday, December 23.
An Article 32 hearing, according to the Defense Department, is “closely akin to the civilian grand jury investigation.” When the hearing closes, the “Article 32 officer” will make “a recommendation” on “the disposition of the charges.” Or, as David Dishneau of AP clearly and concisely puts it, “The proceeding is to determine whether the Army intelligence analyst will be court-martialed for allegedly leaking government secrets.”