Will There Now Be Greater Transparency in Bradley Manning’s Court Martial?

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 4:17 pm

Another pretrial motion hearing occurred in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade today. During a recess in proceedings, a military legal matter expert opened a yellow envelope and pulled out physical copies of a ruling issued and read in court by the judge.

Legal Group Launches to Aggressively Challenge US Government Prosecutions of Whistleblowers

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 5:25 pm

A legal group of criminal defense attorneys has formed to combat what they describe as the FBI and Justice Department’s use of harassment and over-prosecution to chill and silence those who engage in journalism, Internet activism or dissent.

The group, the Whistleblower Defense League, will defend individuals engaged in investigating the United States government and those who are “in positions to reveal truths about this government and its relationships with other governments and corporations.”

Judge Refuses to Recuse Herself From Case of Jeremy Hammond, Who Allegedly Hacked Into Stratfor

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 3:00 pm

The federal judge presiding over the case of Jeremy Hammond, who faces charges for allegedly hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor, has denied a defense motion to recuse herself. Hammond’s defense argued that it appeared there was a conflict of interest since her husband had his email and major corporate clients of the law firm where he is employed disclosed in the Stratfor hack.

Yoko Ono Lennon Presents 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange

By: Monday February 4, 2013 8:35 am

Last night Yoko Ono presented the 2013 Courage Award to Julian Assange, who accepted in absentia in New York.

Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Ratner and Jessalyn Radack Discuss Bradley Manning Trial on HuffPost Live

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 6:31 am

Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearing begins again today, and once again Kevin Gosztola will be there covering it at The Dissenter.

As Jesselyn Radack says at 26:40 in the HuffPost Live clip:

Kevin Gosztola should be recognized as one of the best journalist in our country and one of the only ones chronicling what is happening in Bradley Manning’s court marshal, as he has since the beginning.

Julian Assange’s Fears About Extradition to the United States Affirmed

By: Friday August 17, 2012 10:28 am

How do supporters of WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange make the leap that he is more likely to be extradited to the United States from Sweden than the United Kingdom? That is a common question and, certainly, a key question for anyone who remains skeptical of whether Assange should have been granted asylum by Ecuador.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Kevin Gosztola, Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning

By: Saturday April 28, 2012 1:59 pm

Today we’ll be talking to Kevin Gosztola, an FDL blogger, journalist and co-author (with Greg Mitchell of The Nation), about the fascinating, clearly explained and up to the minute book, Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning. (I am a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights and a legal advisor to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.)

Convicting Bradley Manning in Secret

By: Monday April 23, 2012 9:30 am

In the face of refusal from the US government to be transparent, the defense counsel for Bradley Manning has made an attempt to share court filings with the press that are usually made available during most federal trials but have not been available to press. However, the filings the defense posted—mainly defense motions—include redactions requested by the government, minimizing the value of the published filings. The process has become even less transparent than military trials at Guantanamo.

US Government Aims to Protect Secrecy in Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 7:52 am

The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, has tried to put a halt to secrecy in Manning’s court martial proceedings by making court filings available to the public and the press. The government, however, remains opposed to efforts to make the proceedings more transparent. And now, as the defense moves to address concern that the proceedings are happening in secret, the government plans to interfere with the defense’s release of its filings and force the defense to make redactions.

Judge Presiding Over Court Martial of Bradley Manning Urged to Make Proceedings More Transparent

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 3:15 pm

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.

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