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Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 11 (Live Updates)

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3:19 PM EST Bradley Manning needed more time to look over stipulated testimonies.

3:17 PM EST We are on an hour recess after Special Agent Mark Mander returned to the stand to talk about accessing WikiLeaks tweets. The judge wanted him to answer more questions. This all went to still trying to get them authenticated.

1:28 PM EST Bradley Manning spent the last two hours making sure he approved of 11 stipulated testimonies. Court will be back from recess in a few minutes and those testimonies will be read into the record.

1:20 PM EST Special Agent Mark Mander testified on the process which he pulled tweets from WikiLeaks, which prosecutors want to use as evidence. The defense is trying to make it near impossible for prosecutors to authenticate them so they, perhaps, are not used against Manning. Here’s more on the backstory related to this ongoing issue that has come up in open court multiple times in the trial.

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The trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning continued today with a ruling from the judge on whether certain pieces of information were admissible as fact in the trial. There were also eleven stipulated testimonies scheduled to be read into the record.

Judge Army Col. Denise Lind took judicial notice, which means she accepted as adjudicative fact that certain pieces of evidence were what the defense and prosecutors claimed they happened to be and that the pieces of evidence were relevant to charges Manning faces.

Military prosecutors ultimately had no objection to admitting a verbatim transcript of the “Collateral Murder” video. There was no objection to taking notice that WikiLeaks published 9/11 pager messages. There was also no objection to the Freedom of Information Act request that Reuters submitted for a copy of the video and the US Central Command (CENTCOM) response.

That left a memo from Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan of US CENTCOM, which the defense suggests could be used to rebut stipulated testimony of CW5 Jon LaRue, an Apache pilot who reviewed the “Collateral Murder” video.

The judge determined he had been acting in an “official capacity” when he made statements on the video and that it did go to the theory the defense has that what he said was “inconsistent with CW5 LaRue.”

The defense specifically wanted to challenge this portion of the testimony, which asserts that tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) were revealed:

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