Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 8 (Live Updates)
12:10 PM EST Court is in a closed session right now, with Rear Adm. Donegan giving testimony on alleged harm or damage caused by the war logs and US State Embassy cables that were released.
No specific evidence was presented in open court to indicate actual examples of individuals injured or harmed by the Taliban had occurred because their name was in the war logs. So far, all evidence has been predominantly how US forces took precautions to keep people safe. That is proper aggravation evidence and, to the extent that it adds up, resources expended will increase Manning’s potential sentence for each offense.
The proceedings will resume with an open session at 3 pm EST.
12:05 PM EST In some cases, according to Rear Adm. Donegan, entire villages in Afghanistan were being informed that they could be tied to cooperating with the United States because of the WikiLeaks release. The issue being, as Donegan testified, that shadow governors of the Taliban are in every area of Afghanistan and the village may have been at risk for working with the US.
12:03 PM EST “Source” was broadly defined by the Information Review Task Force (including CENTCOM) as any “name that could be tied to cooperating with the United States.” These people were not HUMINT sources or informants. They were people who could be perceived as friendly to the United States because their names were in documents released.
12:00 PM EST Orders issued by Rear Admiral Kevin M. Donegan directed commanders to inform individuals that were named in the war logs and report back on whether the individuals were notified, how they were notified and, if they were not notified, why.
11:50 AM EST Rear Admiral Kevin M. Donegan, who was the director of operations at US Central Command when information was released by WikiLeaks, took the stand as a government witness.
He issued two fragmentary orders to US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan that advised commanders they had duty to inform anyone named in the war logs that the ”enemy likely had access to knowing that they were a source to the United States and they’re likely to be in danger.”