A statement by the soldier sentenced to thirty-five years in prison as Bradley Manning yesterday was released by his defense attorney, David Coombs, indicating that Manning would now like to be Chelsea Manning because he is a female.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 22, 2013 7:25 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:36 pm|
Following the announcement of Bradley Manning’s sentence of 35 years in military prison, Manning’s civilian defense attorney read a statement from Manning, which will be included in a filing requesting a pardon from President Barack Obama.
Coombs also described what Manning was like after the sentence was announced. He recounted how he and his other defense attorneys had been crying. Manning looked at him and said, “It’s okay. It’s alright. I know you did your best. I’m going to be okay. I’m going to get through this.”
|By: Julian Assange Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:20 am|
Today the well-known whistleblower Bradley Manning has been ordered by a military court in Maryland to spend a minimum of 5.2 years in prison with a 32 year maximum (including time already spent in detention), for revealing information about US government behaviour to the public.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:15 am|
Bradley Manning’s lawyer David Coombs will be making a statement and fielding questions from the press following this morning’s verdict from Judge Col. Denise Lind.
|By: Center for Constitutional Rights Wednesday August 21, 2013 8:55 am|
We are outraged that a whistleblower and a patriot has been sentenced on a conviction under the Espionage Act. The government has stretched this archaic and discredited law to send an unmistakable warning to potential whistleblowers and journalists willing to publish their information. We can only hope that Manning’s courage will continue to inspire others who witness state crimes to speak up.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 21, 2013 8:00 am|
Manning was convicted on July 30th of twenty offenses, including multiple violations of the Espionage Act and embezzlement of government property offenses. He was also convicted of “wrongfully and wantonly causing publication of intelligence belonging to the United States on the Internet knowing the intelligence” that would be “accessible to the enemy to the prejudice of the good order and discipline in the armed forces or of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 21, 2013 7:22 am|
After a long and protracted trial, Judge Denise Lind has handed down a sentence in the Bradley Manning case: 35 years and a dishonorable discharge.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 20, 2013 3:52 pm|
What an incredible life experience it has been covering Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial.
While one could say I was only doing my job as a journalist and it is no big deal that I just spent the last year and a half regularly traveling to Fort Meade in Maryland to cover proceedings, it is also true that I could have covered this court martial regularly from Chicago, where I am based. I did not have to commit to spending an entire summer living in Washington, DC, so I could cover the trial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:15 am|
The military judge at Fort Meade in Maryland is expected to announce how long Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced to prison some time tomorrow morning, August 21.
Ahead of the announcement, I contacted Matthew Diaz, a former Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) at the Guantanamo Bay prison. He released 558 names of detainees being held in the prison to the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2005.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 19, 2013 4:28 pm|
The government delivered its closing argument in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial at Fort Meade. During the argument, the government recommended the military judge sentence Manning to sixty years in prison.
After reminding the court that this case was about what happens when “arrogance meets access to sensitive information,” which the government said in its opening argument in the trial in June, Cpt. Joe Morrow Cpt. Joe Morrow declared that there may not be a soldier in the history of the US Army that displayed such extreme disregard for the soldiers above him and the president of the United States.