A military appeals court, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces (CAAF), has scheduled oral argument in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which challenges secrecy in the court martial proceedings of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. The lawsuit calls for Army Colonel Judge Denise Lind to grant the press and public access to court filings, such as defense and government motions, court orders and judge’s decisions or rulings.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 7, 2012 2:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 12, 2012 7:15 pm|
A letter by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and co-signed by 46 news media organizations and associations was written to the US Defense Department requesting access to records during the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.
Journalists covering the proceedings decided to send the letter because during court proceedings, such as the Article 32 hearing, the media has not been granted access to documents, including the court docket. This means journalists have had little to no idea of what was being discussed in regards to motions or orders filed.