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Judge Issues Verdict in Bradley Manning’s Trial (Live Updates)

Today Colonel Denise Lind issues her ruling. Illustration by C. Stoeckley.

NOT GUILTY of “aiding the enemy,” NOT GUILTY of violating the Espionage Act by releasing the Garani video. GUILTY of other offenses.

6:05 PM EST Off to do more media appearances tonight. My latest report is here, but you can keep things going in the comments section here as well.

Here are some tweets from two of my fellow reporters who have been covering the trial with me the whole time:

Nathan Fuller: Manning’s sentencing trial begins tomorrow. No minimums required and new evidence allowed. This fight is far from over. The defense will be allowed to make several arguments that it was blocked from making at trial. @nathanLfuller

Alexa O’Brien: I am thinking of young Bradley Manning tonight. These are the journalists I read when I read coverage about the Manning trial: @mgsledge, @nathanLfuller, @kgosztola, @onearmedmaninc.  –@carwinb

4:40 PM EST There is now an official statement from Julian Assange on today’s verdict, cross-posted here at Firedoglake.

4:35 PM EST We don’t have findings yet, so there are few details on the judge’s rationale for finding Manning not guilty or guilty of the various charges.

4:30 PM EST Here are clips from a We Are Change segment I did today, as well as one with Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman:


3:45 PM EST The verdict has been posted. You can read it here sourced on our Trial transcripts page.

2:50 PM EST The Public Affairs Office (PAO) says that the full verdict will be posted online by this evening.

2:35 PM EST Firedoglake staff have launched v1.1 of our Manning Coverage hub, with the addition of our collections of trial exhibits, stipulated testimonies, trial transcripts, a Media page and a (pre-verdict) Manning FAQ Explainer.

2:20 PM EST Democracy Now’s livestreaming is up, including segments I did earlier with them.

2:15 PM EST The press is going over the judge’s verdict again with a legal matter expert. He reads through and confirms that Manning faces 136 years maximum punishment.

1:51 PM EST Sentencing begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM. There will be approximately two dozen pre-sentencing witnesses that will be called in over the next several days. The prosecution’s list and draft schedule of these witnesses can be found here.

1:30 PM EST Bradley Manning NOT GUILTY of violating the Espionage Act by releasing the Garani video (Spec 11, Charge II).

Bradley Manning GUILTY of four embezzlement of government property offenses.

1:25 PM EST Bradley Manning is found guilty of enough charges to potentially be put in prison for over 100 years.

1:22 PM EST Alexa O’Brien: Manning faces 136 year MAX punishment on the crimes he was found GUILTY– sentencing begins tomorrow. I am going back into the funeral of a young man. @carwinb

1:15 PM EST NOT GUILTY of “aiding the enemy.”

Bradley Manning found GUILTY of six Espionage Act offenses (including lesser included offenses).

GUILTY of wantonly causing to be published intelligence on the Internet (Spec 1, Charge II)

GUILTY Spec II, Charge II to his lesser (LOI) plea for the Collateral Murder video.

GUILTY Spec 4 and 5, database and espionage charges relating to the Iraq War logs database.

Basic verdict summary atop page; more detailed addressing of the 22 charges forthcoming in a later report.

For a comprehensive pre-verdict chart detailing Manning’s charges, pleas and maximum allowable punishment for each charge, see Alexa O’Brien’s chart.

12:50 PM EST New rule: press cannot get up to use restrooms while judge is reading the verdict in Bradley Manning’s trial.

Original Post

After about two months, the main phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial is coming to an end as the military judge is announcing a verdict early this afternoon.

Manning faces 22 offenses, which include “aiding the enemy,” wanton publishing of intelligence on the internet, Espionage Act offenses, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act offenses, embezzlement of government property offenses and violations of the military code of justice, however, the United States government has decided not to pursue one of the greater offenses related to a diplomatic cable from Iceland that he released to WikiLeaks.

The offenses stem from disclosing a video of an Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 that killed Reuters journalists, military incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, US diplomatic cables, detainee assessment reports on Guantanamo Bay prisoners, an Army Counterintelligence Center (ACIC) report on WikiLeaks and other government information.

On February 28 of this year, Manning pled guilty to some offenses, including wrongful storage of information, willfully communicating information to persons unauthorized to receive it, and engaging in conduct that was service discrediting to the discipline of the military.

Manning pled not guilty to the “aiding the enemy” charge, wantonly causing to be published intelligence on the internet, embezzlement of government property offenses, Espionage Act offenses, and Computer Fraud and Abuse charges.

To sum it up, Bradley Manning pled guilty to all violations to the military code of justice, but not to violating any federal statutes. See my earlier article here on Manning’s pleas in February.

The Media Center is filled to capacity. There are satellite trucks parked right outside the Media Center for the first time during the court martial. Yet internet access continues to be a problem in the Media Center. The military judge and the security operating the base are not allowing personal ‘hot spots’ or air cards. They are also taking limited action to fix the problems that the press are having with the internet.

The press are doing their best to get updates out to the public, but because of security, the first updates could come thirty minutes to an hour after the judge begins to read her verdict at 1 PM.

Note: follow @kgosztola and also check out Democracy Now‘s coverage today.

Illustration by Clark Stoeckley. Used with permission.

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