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Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 6 (Live Updates)

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

2:05 PM EST  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.”

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