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How the Government Hopes to Argue Bradley Manning’s Alleged Leaks Aided Terrorism

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In a process where the military judge can allow facts to be introduced into evidence for trial which are well known or can be proven, the government asked the judge to take notice of multiple pieces of evidence that show how the government intends to tie Manning’s alleged leaks to aiding terrorism.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates—Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)—are all listed as terrorist organizations and “are in fact enemies of the United States,” military prosecutor Cpt. Joe Morrow stated.

He also stated Osama bin Laden of Al Qaeda is an enemy of the United States, which according to the government was declassified at the end of November last year. (Cpt. Morrow said something here about this being known to “the community” and actually the world.)

Morrow mentioned the government could provide the FBI’s “most wanted” list, which he was on prior to his “death.” (He was executed by SEAL Team Six in a night raid. It wasn’t like he just died. There’s a film receiving wide praise that depicts this action.)

The government indicated to Judge Army Col. Denise Lind that it had “digital media found during the UBL raid.” There was a “letter from UBL to Al Qaeda requesting a member gather [Defense Department] information.” A response to that letter had CIDNE reports—war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan—and State Department cables attached. Bin Laden had these in his possession “at the time of the raid.”

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."