Leaked Audio: US Citizens Can Now Hear Bradley Manning Give His Statement
A foundation dedicated to promoting and funding transparency journalism has released a recording of Pfc. Bradley Manning reading a statement he made in military court at Fort Meade about releasing United States government documents to WikiLeaks.
The recording from the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) was covered by NBC’s “The Today Show” at 7am EST. The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, a board member of the foundation, also put up a post highlighting significant excerpts of his statement.
Full audio of Manning can be listened to by clicking on the player here:
In a release on the foundation’s website, FPF notes, “While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning.”
Freedom of the Press Foundation is dedicated to supporting journalism that combats overreaching government secrecy. We have been disturbed that Manning’s pre-trial hearings have been hampered by the kind of extreme government secrecy that his releases to WikiLeaks were intended to protest. While reporters are allowed in the courtroom, no audio or visual recordings are permitted by the judge, no transcripts of the proceedings or any motions by the prosecution have been released, and lengthy court orders read on the stand by the judge have not been published for public review.
FPF, which partly decided to start its organization to ensure the flow of donations were able to resume to WikiLeaks, has not been publishing leaks. The foundation realized, “We had a unique opportunity to bring some small measure of transparency directly by allowing the world to hear for itself the voice of someone who took a controversial and important stance for government transparency.”
The foundation hopes “this recording will shed light on one of the most secret court trials in recent history, in which the government is putting on trial a concerned government employee whose only stated goal was to bring attention to what he viewed as serious governmental misconduct and criminal activity.” It also would like to see “prompt additional analysis of these proceedings by other journalistic institutions and the public at large.”
“While we are not equipped (technically or as a matter of human resources) to receive leaked information” and do not plan to receive “leaks” in the future, “we are proud to publish and analyze this particular recording because it is so clearly matches our mission of supporting transparency journalism,” the foundation declares.