An expert on militant Islamist ideology took the stand in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial to testify on how al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) could have used the information Manning disclosed to WikiLeaks. However, he presented no actual evidence that Al Qaeda or AQAP ever relied on the information to launch any terrorist attacks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 1:20 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 30, 2013 1:40 pm|
After about two months, the main phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial is coming to an end as the military judge is announcing a verdict early this afternoon.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 25, 2013 7:35 am|
Closing arguments are set to begin in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who remains charged by the United States military with “aiding the enemy” by “knowingly” giving “intelligence to the enemy, through indirect means” after releasing US government information revealing the true nature of US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to WikiLeaks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 19, 2013 2:15 pm|
Military prosecutors in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier on trial for disclosing US government information to WikiLeaks, took their case to a level it had not previously gone: they explicitly questioned Manning’s loyalty to America when he was in the military to suggest that this played some role in his decision to disclose classified information without authorization.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 19, 2013 1:20 pm|
Today the prosecution continues with its rebuttal with Jihrieah Showman on the stand. Showman was Manning’s former supervisor and will be on the stand to make statements about Manning’s loyalty to America. A clip of Showman from the “We Steal Secrets” documentary will be shown in court after the prosecutors review it.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 18, 2013 2:00 pm|
The judge has denied the defense motions for a finding of “not guilty” on the “aiding the enemy” charge and the charges alleging Manning exceeded authorized access on his computer. What is important to note about this ruling is that she was to consider all evidence presented to her in a “light most favorable to the prosecution.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 15, 2013 6:30 pm|
The defense in the military trial against Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade in Maryland argued multiple motions directing the judge to find Manning not guilty of committing greater offenses.
Four motions were filed challenging charges that allege Manning “exceeded authorized access” on his computer, stole, purloined or knowingly converted databases containing United States government information and that he “without proper authority, knowingly give intelligence to the enemy, through indirect means” and “aided the enemy.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 15, 2013 4:00 pm|
Both the government and the defense have rested in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being prosecuted for disclosing United States government information to WikiLeaks. But, before the trial proceeds onward to a ruling by the judge on what offenses Manning is guilty of committing, the judge must rule on motions requesting a finding of “not guilty” for seven of the offenses Manning is charged with committing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 11, 2013 1:11 pm|
The defense in Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial was able to successfully qualify Professor Yochai Benkler of Harvard University as an expert on the “networked Fourth Estate,” who could discuss research he had done on WikiLeaks and how it fit into the “networked Fourth Estate.”
What this meant was the defense could present testimony on how WikiLeaks is, in fact, a legitimate journalistic organization and not some kind of criminal enterprise worthy of the wide government investigation, which the United States Justice Department launched into the organization after it released the information Manning is charged with disclosing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 9, 2013 3:45 pm|
During the first day of the defense’s case in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, his defense moved for a finding of “not guilty” on the charge of “aiding the enemy.”
Manning is charged with committing multiple offenses that relate to releasing United States government information to WikiLeaks. The offenses include violations of the Espionage Act, a federal statute prohibiting the embezzlement of government property and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.