Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 12 (Live Updates)
2:50 PM EST Court is in recess. The trial will resume on Monday.
2:45 PM EST CW4 Ronald Nixon earlier this morning testified about the systems that hosted the global address list (GAL) with email addresses of military officers that Manning is accused of stealing. He described the expenses and how much licenses cost, etc, because this charge suggest Manning stole a “thing of value” over $1000.
2:35 PM EST To get a better idea of the nature of the charged cables: here is a slide show I helped put together for The Nation when I was an intern. This slide show highlights significant revelations, but none of the cables mentioned here were charged.
The State Department appears to have made a calculated decision to not charge the cables that received widespread coverage so as not to attract additional attention.
And, yes, the State Department had some influence in what cables were charged. They reviewed the compromised cables during the investigation.
12:35 PM EST Brigadier Commander Miller said it would not “register as a problem” if a soldier at the private rank was “surfing” the SIPRNet – the secret government network that contained the information Manning disclosed to WikiLeaks.
The Brigade had not put out “any guidance or restrictions on what you could and could not download.” Miller couldn’t remember when guidance came out prohibiting downloading to removable devices. There was Army Guidance that officers were not to do that anymore.
That guidance actually came after Manning disclosed information to WikiLeaks. After the breach. But, even after prohibitions were issued, there are still many exceptions.
12:00 PM EST Brigadier Commander of 2-10 Mountain, David Miller, a commander of Manning’s unit, testified about the reaction his staff and him had to Manning’s release of information.
“I was stunned.” The “last thing I anticipated was an internal security breach from one of our own.” He added, “My read of my staff at that time – it was like a funeral-like atmosphere fell over that crowd. They were angry, sad, grief, frustrated all at the same time. That’s how I would describe it.”
10:55 AM EST Two tweets sent out by WikiLeaks were admitted as evidence after the judge ruled they were properly authenticated by the government.
The tweet requesting .mil email addresses was accepted as relevant as circumstantial evidence that showed Manning’s intent to respond to WikiLeaks inquiries. It would go to the “aiding the enemy” charge and a charge that he stole a global email address list.
The other tweet was relevant to the charge of wrongfully and wantonly causing “to be published on the internet intelligence belonging to the United States government,” the “aiding the enemy” charge, as well as the specific charge related to the disclosure of the Garani air strike video.
10:50 AM EST Military judge Army Col. Denise Lind ruled that a draft copy of the 2009 “Most Wanted” list put together by WikiLeaks was “not sufficiently” reliable to be a business record. It was not “properly authenticated” by the government so the judge refused to allow it to be admitted for use against Manning.
The list is a crowd-sourced list compiled by asking “journalists, activists, historians, lawyers, police, or human rights investigators” from around the world to submit examples of “concealed documents or recordings” they would like to see leaked. The government wanted to use it as circumstantial evidence against Manning that this was a guide Manning used to decide what to release and to also show he had the intent to gather information and send it to WikiLeaks.
Court proceedings in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning continued today after a significant day in the court martial yesterday where stipulated testimonies from State Department officials were read into the record.
The testimonies agreed upon between the government and defense were all testimonies from principal deputy assistant secretaries, deputy assistant secretaries or ambassadors, who had served at posts around the world. They were all career diplomats.
As reported here yesterday, Manning is charged with providing 117 diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. Ninety-six of them were classified at the “confidential” level and twenty-one at the “secret” level.
A full report on the significance of this information revealed in court can be found here. It features insight from former Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, Peter Van Buren, who is a whistleblower who published a book on the Iraq reconstruction effort titled, “We Meant Well,” and subsequently was hounded and forced out of the State Department for what he was writing on his blog and linking to a WikiLeaks cable from Libya.