WikiLeaks suspect faces charges that he ‘aided the enemy’ by leaking thousands of documents to the whistleblowing site – Published on The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington in New York, August 30, 2012.
… The soldier’s lawyers, led by David Coombs, want the army to release all 1,384 emails to them in hope they will provide information that will allowing them to challenge Manning’s ongoing incarceration on the grounds that he was subjected to cruel and unusual treatment during the 10 months he was held at Quantico. A pre-trial hearing scheduled for 27 November will examine the issue. Manning’s lawyers claim he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to a harsh regime that included being stripped of his clothes at night.
So far, the prosecution has released only 684 of the emails – 600 of them as recently as this week. Lind announced on Wednesday that she would review the remaining 700 emails before deciding whether to disclose them to the defence.
The hearing in November will be Manning’s last real hope of avoiding many of the charges. Technically, Lind has the power to throw out the case in its entirety if she finds he was subjected to illegal pre-trial treatment.
The second pre-trial issue related to a YouTube video that Manning posted before his arrest, in which he discussed his daily life using sensitive words such as “top secret” and “classified”. When his superiors found out about the video in 2008, they put him through “corrective training” designed to reinforce the idea that he should not share classified information with anyone unauthorised to receive it. The prosecution want to present the video to the jury at next year’s court martial as a means of proving that Manning was fully aware of the consequences of making state secrets available on the internet.
The most serious charge against him is that he “aided the enemy”, in this case al-Qaida, by providing confidential documents to WikiLeaks. “The evidence shows the accused has knowledge that information posted on the internet is accessible to and sought after by the enemy,” prosecution lawyer Captain Angel Overgaard, told the hearing.
Lind ruled that Manning’s YouTube video would be admissible. (full text).
Find about Bradley Manning:
- on the updated en.wikipedia file;
- The video: free Bradley Manning, 2.31 min, on Peninsula (IndyBay.org), by R. Robertson, Sept. 11, 2012;
- The All Bradley Manning’s Full Coverage on Google;
- Press outlets protest Manning trial secrecy, on POLITICO, by Josh Gerstein, Sept. 4, 2012: More than 30 news outlets and media organizations lodged an official protest Tuesday against secrecy in the court-martial of Pvt Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accusing of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks …
- Bradley Manning’s lawyer demands sentence cut: David Coombs is demanding that at least seven years be cut from any sentence the US soldier might be given, on The Guardian, by Ed Pilkington, September 3, 2012;
- Defense Motion Details Horrific Conditions Bradley Manning Was Subjected to at Quantico;
- Mistreatment of Manning Criticized by Leading Law Professors & UN Torture Investigator;
- Private Bradley Manning: A victim of the military empire?
- Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning;
- The Founders, Whistleblower Protection and Bradley Manning;
- Bradley Manning’s health deteriorating in jail, supporters say;
- The video which Bradley Manning released to wikileaks, the reason for his imprisonnement: short version, 1.41 min; long version, 39.14 min!
Find about Julian Assange:
- the book: WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy, Kindle Edition, by Luke Harding and David Leigh (Authors), on amazon;
- see Bradley Manning and Julian Assange also on RT;
- Ecuador has strong record of human rights: Assange and his mother hail asylum decision, video 6.19 min, on RT, August 16, 2012;
- Assange a pawn in US-led campaign against whistleblowers: Get short URL email story to a friend print version, on RT, September 8, 2012;
- Video: Assange lawyer: A man who committed no crime is persecuted (EXCLUSIVE), 10.37 min, on RT, Sept. 11, 2012;
- US Investigation against Assange Unprecedented in Size and Scale;
- Wikileaks Updated Dec. 7, 2010;
- Liveblogging Cablegate.