Recent rulings in Bradley’s pre-trial hearings–Trial delayed until June

February 24th, 2013

Published on FreeBradleyManning.org, by the Bradley Manning Support Network, January 23, 2013.

Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, which shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. 

These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. He has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his heroic and noble actions. For over 960 days he has been imprisoned without trial, 11 months of which were spent in solitary confinement at Quantico prison, where his treatment has since been judged to have amounted to unlawful pretrial punishment.

Winter recap: torture hearings, trial delays, motive debates, and more:

Following over two weeks of testimony from Quantico guards and higher officers about keeping Bradley in a 6×8 cell for 23 hours a day and denying him exercise time and easy access to basic hygiene items Judge Denise Lind ruled that Bradley was treated harshly and awarded him 112 days off of a potential sentence. This is a meager rebuke and a scant reduction when compared to the life sentence Bradley could face, but it is an important symbolic vindication for those who fought so hard to raise awareness of the disturbing treatment and to move Bradley from Quantico.

Read more: Bradley takes the stand, puts military captors on trial,
and
Judge rules Manning was illegally treated, awards 112 days credit.

Three years is not a speedy trial: … //

… Turning whistle-blowing into treason:

Meanwhile, in an attempt to curtail the defense’s ability to show Bradley Manning is a whistle-blower, the government moved to preclude discussion of his motive in determining his guilt or innocence. Judge Lind granted this motion in part: the defense will not be allowed to show Bradley’s motive, such as chatlog quotes showing that he wanted information to be free, in debating whether he knew Al Qaeda would have access to the cables he released (but it will be allowed to discuss motive during a potential sentencing portion). The military will have to prove that Bradley knew he was “dealing with the enemy” in passing information to WikiLeaks. The defense will be allowed to show that Bradley selected certain cables or types of cables to prove he knew which information would not cause harm to U.S. national security if made public. The government also moved to preclude discussion of overclassification, trying to prevent the defense from arguing that documents released needn’t have been classified in the first place. Judge Lind decided to defer that ruling, and will make it at a later hearing. In this hearing, the military also said that it would still charge Bradley Manning with “aiding the enemy” if he’d released information to the New York Times instead of WikiLeaks, an argument that would effectively turn whistle-blowing into treason and one which troubled many journalists following the proceedings.

Read more: Judge limits Manning’s whistle-blower defense, pretrial confinement nears 1,000 days,
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Transparency isn’t treason: New York Times journalists criticize “aiding the enemy” charge.

The defense is currently determining which classification information it will need to present during the court-martial … //

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Links:

Bradley Manning Support Network event listings: Register your own event here! Also don’t miss our resources for organizers. For any questions about organizing events in support of Bradley Manning, please contact Emma;

Bradley Manning’s treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules: UN special rapporteur on torture’s findings likely to reignite criticism of US government’s treatment of WikiLeaks suspect, on The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington in New York, March 12, 2012;

Pentagon: Undisclosed Wikileaks documents potentially more explosive, updated 10.06 p.m., on Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima, August 11, 2010;

I Can’t Believe What I’m Confessing to You: The Wikileaks Chats, on wired.com, by KEVIN POULSEN and KIM ZETTER, May 21, 2010;

Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower: Bradley Manning Is A Hero (VIDEO, 1.06 min), on Huffington Post, April 12, 2012;

watch also the video which Bradley Manning released to wikileaks, becoming the reason for his imprisonnement: short version 1.41 min, long version 39.14 min;

Video: Bradley Manning Heads for Trial, No One Charged for Murdered Civilians, 15.55 min, on TRNN;

wikileaks on YouTube (any theme and language);

When will his nightmare end?

Bradley Manning supporters stage UK events.

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