Her lawyer David Coombs added in the posted clarification, “Chelsea has never claimed to be anti-war; indeed she joined the military to defend her country. However, she is a humanist and was motivated in her actions not only by her transparency beliefs, but also by deep concern for the value of human life.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 9, 2013 4:40 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:50 am|
The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence.
|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: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 2, 2013 2:00 pm|
The military judge in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning heard oral argument over where to draw the line on what evidence to hear during the sentencing phase. The argument was in response to a motion filed by the defense arguing that certain “chain of events,” “could cause damage” or “monetary damage and expense of resources” testimony was too far removed from the immediate aftermath of his disclosures to WikiLeaks to be properly admissible.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 25, 2013 7:35 am|
As the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who disclosed United States government information to WikiLeaks, enters its fourth week, the world’s focus is on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his travel to Ecuador, where he has requested asylum.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 10, 2013 1:05 pm|
The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning indicated in a military court that ensuring crowd-funded stenographers had access to create an unofficial transcript of the trial, which would be made available to media outlets around the world, was something they supported.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 10, 2013 12:35 pm|
In a significant ruling, the military judge in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning has denied a motion by his defense to preclude evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda “received” copies of information published by WikiLeaks.
Judge Army Col. Denise Lind wholly rejected the arguments the defense had made that evidence involving receipt of information by Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) would be prejudicial to proceedings. However, the judge found the evidence would not be prejudicial or probative.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 27, 2013 10:45 am|
The soldier the United States military is prosecuting for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning, faces twenty-two charges. The most significant charge, which carries the potential of life in prison without parole if he is convicted, is the “aiding the enemy” charge.
Military prosecutors would like to present evidence that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden received the information Manning allegedly released. On January 9, 2012, the government indicated to Judge Army Col. Denise Lind that it had “digital media found during the UBL raid.” There was a “letter from UBL to Al Qaeda requesting a member gather [Defense Department] information.” A response to that letter had CIDNE reports—war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan—and State Department cables attached. Bin Laden had these in his possession “at the time of the raid.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 26, 2013 7:34 am|
Court martial proceedings at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier the United States military is prosecuting for allegedly releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, resume today. The military judge is expected to announce a ruling on the defense’s motion arguing Manning’s speedy trial rights have been violated. A four-day motion hearing is also expected to include deliberation over a possible plea.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 12, 2012 11:20 am|
CWO2 Denise Barnes believed she had the authority to take Manning’s underwear from him each night after a comment he made on March 2 when he was expressing his frustration with being held on prevention of injury status (“if I really wanted to kill myself, I could do it with the elastic waistband of my underwear”). A top correctional official in Marine Corps Headquarters, CWO5 Abel Galaviz, disagreed and found she could not just take his underwear and should have placed him on suicide risk status if she had wanted to take his clothing.