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Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial Begins (Live Updates)

Sentencing begins in the Bradley Manning trial. Pic by C. Stoeckley.


4:12 PM EST The next witness will be John Kirchhofer. (Internet connectivity continues to be a problem here at court.)

4:01 PM EST Brig. Gen. Carr has now testified (as a qualified ‘expert’) that the Afghan war logs had 900-plus Afghan names in them, but that no one was killed as result of the logs’ disclosure.

Over a long period, many of the Afghan names in war logs were already dead before the war logs were released.

Judge Lind told both the government and the defense that she would disregard any testimony on the Taliban killing of an individual when that particular individual’s name was not in the leaked material.

3:55 PM EST Maj. Ashden Fein cross-examined Brig. Gen. Robert Carr (Ret.) on the impacts of Bradley Manning’s disclosures to WikiLeaks. He asked Carr if anyone was actually harmed by result of Afghan logs. Carr responded, “As result of Afghan logs, I only know of one individual killed.”

The defense objected to Carr saying that Taliban came out publicly and said they killed man for being associated with information in the Afghan war logs. Defense asked if this person was even in the information that Manning is convicted of releasing.

Judge Lind: “Is what you’re testifying to tied to these disclosures?” She asked Brig. Gen. Robert Carr about Afghan war logs. Carr answered judge saying “Taliban killed him and tied him to the disclosures”—the Afghan national. Carr said the name of the Afghan national killed was not in the Afghan War logs. A “terrorist act on behalf of the Taliban threatening all others” had killed him. So no person whose name was in the war logs was ever killed as a result.  [cont’d.]

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