Bradley Manning Trial, Day 14 (Live Updates)
The prosecution in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is likely to rest its case today. This could happen any time after they finish with a senior-level person from the Defense Intelligence Agency named Daniel Lewis, who the prosecutors were trying to have qualified as an “expert” in both counterintelligence and the valuation of classified information.
Four of the charges Manning faces (Specification 4, 8, 12 & 16) allege that he stole, purloined, or knowingly converted “to his use or the use of another, a record or thing of value of the United States or of a department or agency thereof” and “of a value of more than $1000” in violation of a statute prohibiting the embezzlement of government property.
When the court recessed yesterday, it was unknown if Lewis had been qualified as an “expert” or what testimony he had given on how much the documents Manning provided to WikiLeaks would have been worth to a foreign intelligence agency or a terrorist group or adversary. In any case, the defense cross-examination elicited testimony where Lewis admitted he could not tell someone what certain documents were worth. Only a foreign adversary could know what documents from the United States government were worth to them.
Note: The trial is expected to be on “break” or recess from July 3 to July 7 and will resume proceedings on July 8. I had intended to be on a flight from Washington, DC, to Chicago, where I am based.
My assistant, Jeff Creamer, will be posting updates to this blog from the other diligent and intrepid reporters who have been covering the Manning trial: independent journalist Alexa O’Brien (@carwinb), Bradley Manning Support Network reporter Nathan Fuller (@nathanlfuller), Adam Klasfeld (@onearmedmaninc). Also, follow sketch artist Clark Stoeckley (@WikiLeaksTruck).
It should be a short day. A portion of proceedings may even be conducted in a closed session.