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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:06 PM

Bradley Manning trial: US government to call 141 witnesses for prosecution

Source: The Guardian

The US government is planning to call 141 witnesses to the trial of Bradley Manning, including 15 people who would testify that the information he passed to WikiLeaks caused harm to US national interests.

The gigantic scale of the prosecution plans were revealed during pre-trial legal argument over how sensitive secret information would be handled. The trial, scheduled to start on 3 June and pencilled in for 12 weeks, is the most prominent prosecution of the source of an official leak for at least a generation.

Ashden Fein, the leading prosecution counsel, told the court that four witnesses would be called whose testimony would have to be given anonymously and entirely behind closed doors, with only the judge, case lawyers and the accused present. One of the four would be "John Doe", the probable US Navy Seal involved in the killing of Osama bin Laden.

In addition, 33 witnesses would have sensitive or secret information to impart to the court, Fein said, and should therefore be heard partially in closed session. Fein said that the witnesses would discuss matters such as "injury and death to individuals" accruing from the WikiLeaks disclosures, and how "capability of the enemy increased in certain countries".

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/bradley-manning-obama-administration



Edited due to dupe of story already posted earlier by Judi Lynn.

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Reply Bradley Manning trial: US government to call 141 witnesses for prosecution (Original post)
alp227 Feb 2013 OP
Cha Feb 2013 #1
mallard Feb 2013 #2
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #3
struggle4progress Feb 2013 #4
RILib Feb 2013 #5
msanthrope Feb 2013 #6
Demeter Feb 2013 #7
zonkers Feb 2013 #8

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:58 PM

1. Thanks alp

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:34 PM

2. So, it's an all-out effort ...

... to evade any issues of morality over the very serious implications of official corruption exposed by the leaks, and instead make it all about pumped-up claims of damage done ... when the ugly truth gets revealed. Manning's facing the ultimate traitor charges ... for letting the world in on ... substantial volumes of unsolved crime. The people making an example of him represent post-911 neocon fascism in full bloom and as victors in the war-for-naught process are to be feared more than challenged, quite apparently. This is a huge case for the very real new world order.

While it may go without saying how real evidence of crime in a free world could not be so readily deemed 'off limits' by the very institutions which should be DEFENDING THEMSELVES for their crimes rather than pressing charges for letting the truth be know about them, military regimes like this tend to manage dissent very effectively and it is indeed risky business to challenge them on ant points whatsoever, like ... their true identity.

The nature of the revealed secrets is overwhelmingly about letting war criminals off the hook or their privilege to completely evade justice at their own calling. They're getting off the hook because they're in complete charge, right down to a White House signature approving targeted assassination. With all the money spent and other issues always in the way, there's no revolt or other viable solution in sight.

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:54 AM

3. WikiLeaks soldier to take witness stand in own defense

By Medina Roshan
FORT MEADE, Maryland | Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:19pm EST

... In previous hearings, Manning has offered to plead guilty to various lesser charges in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including the unauthorized possession and willful distribution of information accessed in the Combined Information Data Networks, a military database, for both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has said he will plead not guilty to the most serious charge of aiding the enemy ...

Manning's lawyers have also filed a motion to request a trial by judge, leading to speculation that Manning might forego a trial by jury for his court martial, set to begin June 3 ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-usa-wikileaks-manning-idUSBRE91Q1BJ20130227

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:57 AM

4. Wikileaks case: Bradley Manning seeks first public statement on motive

By Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

... Prosecutors quoted some of the wording in Manning's statement during the hearing, saying the passage -- and another one relating to leaking information about corruption within the Iraqi Federal Police -- should not be allowed because it would be an admission by Manning to "uncharged misconduct." For example, admitting that he intended to provoke a public debate could expose Manning to an additional charge of intending to "discredit" the U.S. military, prosecutors argued ...

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17118625-wikileaks-case-bradley-manning-seeks-first-public-statement-on-motive?lite

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:21 AM

5. jury duty

 

I have never wanted to be on a jury, but in this case I wish I were.

I would start out by bringing him cookies.

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Response to RILib (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:04 AM

6. He elected to not have members hear his case. He chose the judge. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:25 AM

7. I'd like Defense to Call the 7.1 Billion Residents of the world

(minus those 141 prosecution witnesses) who can testify to the contrary.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:03 AM

8. I bet he gets life.

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