Manning defense team and judge Lind. Pic by C. Stoeckley.

4:00 PM EST Two government witnesses that testified today were individuals who analyzed military incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan for the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

What was shared in open court about the response to the leak of the information was limited, but James McCarl of JIEDDO did testify that a CENTCOM deputy sent a request in September 2010 for JIEDDO to look at 3,790 leaked reports from Afghanistan.

In 2011, CENTCOM requested that JIEDDO examine 111,000 leaked reports from Iraq.

McCarl said it was “essential to understand” what the “OPSEC loss” was and “what your adversary” might be “able to glean” from the information in order to “anticipate” what their actions would be.

What Pearson did as part of the review was not shared in open court.

3:50 PM EST A few more details on Pearson’s background (even though it is secret what specifically he is testifying about on Manning’s disclosures)—

For a period prior to working for JIEDDO, he worked for the National Media Exploitation Center, which was established in 2001 to analyze information from documents, electronic media, videotapes, audio and electronic equipment seized by the US military and intelligence community. This center works with the FBI, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.

He was part of an NSA unit at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he would monitor “battlefield talk” and how “different militaries use different words to describe things.” He was stop-lossed in the military and served for five and a half years as an Arabic linguist. And he’s given lectures on Internet radicalization and “how the adversary uses the internet.”

At some government agency he did not name, he performed duties that involved information operations. The agency had a “nascent internet operations branch.”

3:30 PM EST  Today’s proceedings in the Manning sentencing conclude after Adam Pearson of JIEDDO takes stand for brief testimony in open court. They’re finishing up a closed session with him right now. Court resumes at 9:30 am tomorrow.

Pearson is a “certified ethical hacker” trained to attack IED networks, who works for JIEDDO and reviewed the war logs.

Fellow reporters Alexa and Nathan were talking just prior to the gaveling to start the session. They stopped talking as soon as the gavel hit. Then the PAO walked up to Alexa and said that she was to stop speaking 30 seconds before the gavel hits. The repression and evolvong-on-a-whim restrictions on the press continue unabated at Fort Meade.

2:05 PM EST  Open Court proceedings will resume at 3PM. If that witness has classified testimony, then court will go into closed session.

If you’re looking for the latest documents, you can read yesterday’s trial transcripts at our Manning trial Document Center.

Upcoming: Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 14, the defense will be calling twenty witnesses to have bearing on the sentencing phase of the court martial.

11:50 AM EST  Military public affairs can try to convince the press to have lowered expectations. But, if we lower them, reporting suffers. Lack of access to records and a lack of timely release to the press of other documents hampers our ability to do our job.

As do restrictions on wifi and internet use during trial:

Alexa O’Brien: I also have been warned not to post on social media during (Manning) trial sessions. @carwinb

11:22 AM EST  Judge Lind rules that the “long term diminution in reporting” in cables is not admissible because it’s not quantifiable and is speculative.

Non-governmental persons not being willing to talk “fully and frankly” to diplomats after Manning released the cables is admissible.

11:20 AM EST The press covering the Manning trial is told not to be upset about a lack of access to records because at least we don’t have to pay for them.

11:05 AM EST Judge read a ruling on testimony by under secretary of state of management, Patrick Kennedy, and whether certain parts, which the defense had objections, were admissible.

Testimony on “chilling effect” was limited to the “scope of periods directly following” the WikiLeaks releases or directly following “media accounts of WikiLeaks releases” in countries.

The judge also decided that testimony on “less information” being included in diplomatic cables for “fear of not being protected” was admissible but limited to the time immediately after the releases or after subsequent media accounts of the releases. She added it was a direct result of Manning’s act that “less information” would be included in cables.

10:56 AM EST Mr. James McCarl, a division chief of the counter improvised explosive device operations and integration center of the Joint IED Defeat Organization, took the stand as a government witness to testify on the “adversary use of IEDs” and “what the purported information released by WikiLeaks” in the databases Manning disclosed. He also was called to give his opinion on “how the adversary can use the information released and the changes in enemy tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) following the release of US government information.”

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

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

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