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Evidence in Manning Trial: Letter Found by Navy SEALs

It's from Osama bin Laden, and it requests WikiLeaks material

(Newser) - The most serious charge against Bradley Manning is one of aiding the enemy: It carries a sentence of life without parole, and it requires prosecutors to prove that Manning "knowingly gave intelligence information to al-Qaeda." The prosecution began its effort to prove just that yesterday—as it wraps...

5M Americans Can Access Classified Info

'Top secret' info available to 1.4M

(Newser) - If all the Americans cleared to access classified information lived in the same US city, it would be second only to New York City in population, USA Today finds in the wake of the NSA's leaked surveillance program . More than 4.9 million people have some kind of government...

Manning Is a Product of Our Warped Idea of Secrecy

Denver Nicks: Moynihan warned of something like this years ago

(Newser) - Trying to figure out whether Bradley Manning is a traitor or a hero is the least important aspect of his trial , writes Manning biographer Denver Nicks in Time . What's important is understanding that Manning is just the guy who did what someone in "the age of big data...

Manning Put Info Into Enemy Hands: Prosecutor

Day 1 of trial, prosecutor says Manning put soldiers at risk

(Newser) - Three year after his arrest, Bradley Manning's trial finally began today , with both sides offering their opening statements and two conflicting narratives of the man emerging. Tasked with proving that Manning actively aided US enemies, prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow told the courtroom that this was a case of "...

5 Things to Know as Bradley Manning Trial Starts

Kicks off 3 years after arrest

(Newser) - Bradley Manning's trial officially begins today, after years of pretrial hearings and angry protests. If you haven't been keeping up, here are some things you'll want to know:
  • The trial is already one of the longest in military history, a Yale military law professor tells NPR , adding,

Disguised SEAL Team Sixer Will Testify in Manning Trial

Government wants a host of other witnesses to testify in secret as well

(Newser) - A member of the team that took down Osama bin Laden will testify in the trial of Bradley Manning wearing a "light disguise," the judge has ruled. The SEAL will testify under the name "John Doe" in a closed session at a secret alternative location on June...

Forget WikiLeaks: Manning Should Have Gone to NYT

He might have seen more leniency: Bill Keller

(Newser) - Bradley Manning told a military court that he'd tried to contact the New York Times with the host of diplomatic cables that ended up hitting WikiLeaks. Things might have been different if he'd succeeded, speculates Bill Keller in the Times. Private Manning might have benefited: "I suspect...

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

But pleads not guilty to espionage for aiding the enemy

(Newser) - Bradley Manning pleaded not guilty today to the 12 most serious charges against him, including espionage for aiding the enemy. But the US Army private did plead guilty to 10 lesser charges in the WikiLeaks case, the Los Angeles Times reports. Those 10 charges could mean he spends 20 years...

Bradley Manning Wants to Tell Court Why He Did It

He hoped to 'spark a domestic debate' on foreign policy

(Newser) - Bradley Manning passed classified documents to WikiLeaks because he wanted to "spark a domestic debate on the role of our military and foreign policy in general," says a statement he's hoping to read in court tomorrow. The statement, which prosecutors read segments of at a press event...

Prosecutors: Bin Laden Sought WikiLeaks Docs
Bin Laden Sought WikiLeaks Documents: Prosecutors
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Bin Laden Sought WikiLeaks Documents: Prosecutors

Manning, Julian Assange 'laughed' over Pentagon concerns

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden asked an al-Qaeda member for materials Pfc. Bradley Manning allegedly passed to WikiLeaks, prosecutors in Manning's trial plan to say. As the hearings continue, prosecutors will show Internet conversations between Manning and Julian Assange, the New York Times reports; one reveals the pair "laughing" over...

Manning Wins 112-Day Reduction in Any Sentence

But it falls far short of defense's hopes

(Newser) - A military judge today reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. At a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Bradley Manning, the judge found that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig...

Bradley Manning&#39;s Trial Delayed
 Bradley Manning's Trial Delayed 

Bradley Manning's Trial Delayed

Army pushes back date by 6 weeks to mid-March

(Newser) - There's been much ado about Bradley Manning's state of mind and imprisonment over the course of pre-trial hearings this past week, but the Army private and accused WikiLeaker now won't get his day in court until March, reports the AP . A military judge announced the change today,...

Manning Acknowledges He Made a Noose in Custody

Prosecutors say it shows he needed extra-tight security

(Newser) - Bradley Manning's pretrial hearing continued today, with a prosecutor showing the court a knotted noose that the Army private made after he was charged with giving classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning admitted that he contemplated suicide soon after his arrest in Iraq, but he said those feelings quickly subsided...

Manning Finally Testifies: I Felt Stuck in 'Animal Cage'

WikiLeaks soldier says he faced 'sheer out-of-my-mind boredom'

(Newser) - Bradley Manning acknowledges that he acted weirdly in detention—but that was thanks to "sheer out-of-my-mind boredom," he said yesterday in a pretrial hearing. The soldier accused of passing volumes of classified material to WikiLeaks gave his first testimony yesterday after being held for more than 900 days....

Manning Played Peek-a-Boo, Licked Cell Bars: Testimony

Accused WikiLeaker kept in solitary due to bizarre behavior: Daniel Choike

(Newser) - Bradley Manning's treatment at Quantico—23 hours per day spent in solitary confinement, sometimes naked—has been likened to torture , but a military commander explained to Manning's court martial yesterday that such measures were taken because of Manning's bizarre behavior, the Guardian reports. Daniel Choike, who commanded...

Manning Willing to Plead Guilty to Lesser Offenses

Military prosecutors could still try to prove him guilty of more serious charges

(Newser) - Bradley Manning , the US Army soldier charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, is offering to plead guilty to some less serious offenses. Manning's civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, revealed the offer yesterday during a pretrial hearing that continues today. Coombs says Manning isn't pleading...

Assange Rips Obama in Address to UN
Assange Rips Obama
in Address to UN

Assange Rips Obama in Address to UN

He accuses president of exploiting the Arab Spring for re-election

(Newser) - Julian Assange accused President Obama today of seeking to exploit the Arab uprisings for personal political gain, as he addressed a sideline meeting of the UN General Assembly via videolink from the Ecuador embassy in London.
  • "It must come as a surprise to Tunisians for Barack Obama to say

UN Torture Chief: Manning's Treatment Cruel, Inhuman

Juan Mendez accuses US of cruel and inhumane treatment

(Newser) - The UN's torture chief has officially accused the US government of cruel and inhumane treatment of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, the Guardian reports. The agency's special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, investigated Manning's treatment for 14 months and found that Manning's 11-month solitary confinement was...

Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel

Suspected WikiLeaker among 231 peace prize nominees

(Newser) - Suspected WikiLeaker Army Private Bradley Manning has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He joins a list of 231 nominees—people like Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl are also believed to be on the list. The...

Bradley Manning Defers Plea in WikiLeaks Case

He puts it off for now during arraignment at Fort Meade

(Newser) - An Army private chose not to enter a plea today to charges he made the biggest leak of classified information in US history. Bradley Manning also put off a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or a judge alone. He was arraigned before Col. Denise Lind...

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