The United States vs. Private Bradley Manning: Week 1

Manning supporters wearing Truth t-shirts were asked to turn their shirts inside out before entering the courtroom.

 

From Army Prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow's Opening Statement:

"This is not a case about an accidental spill of classified information. This is a case about a soldier who systematically harvested hundreds of thousands of documents from classified databases and then literally dumped that information on to the Internet and into the hands of the enemy. . . . This is a case about what happens when arrogance meets access to sensitive information.

The evidence will show that PFC Manning used his military training to gain the notoriety he craved. In short, the evidence will show that PFC Manning knew the consequences of his actions and disregarded that knowledge in his own self interest.

This massive amount of information has great value to our adversaries and, in particular, our enemies."

 

From Defense Attorney David Coombs' Opening Statement:

"You see, PFC Manning is not a typical soldier. He had custom dog tags, and on the back of those tags read "humanist." He was a humanist, and a humanism was the religious belief that he ascribed to, and those values are placing people first, placing value on human life.

. . . And his struggles led him to feel that he needed to do something to make a difference in this world. He needed to do something to help improve what he was seeing. And so from that moment forward, he started selecting information that he believed the public should hear and should see. Information that he believed that if the public saw would make the world a better place. But importantly, information that he specifically selected that he believed could not be used against the United States.

. . . He was a little naive in believing that the information that he selected could actually make a difference. But he was good intentioned in that he was selecting information that he hoped would make a difference. He wasn't selecting information because it was wanted by WikiLeaks. He wasn't selecting information because of some 2009 most wanted list. He was selecting information because he believed that this information needed to be public.

Young, naive, but good intentioned."

 

Adrian Lamo—a former hacker who alerted federal authorities to Manning's leak of classified information—answered questions about their May 2010 conversations.

Coombs: Now he told you during your conversation that he wanted to disclose this information for public good?
Lamo: That was an interpretation, yes.
Coombs: Based on your conversation you saw something very familiar about that?
Lamo: Yes.
Coombs: You saw a young 22 year old with good intentions, much like you were?
Lamo: That was correct.

 

Brian Madrid, a retired Sergeant who trained military intelligence analysts including Pfc. Manning, testified:
"There was an incident where he was posting videos on YouTube of, you know, personal videos on YouTube. And he was giving, using buzzwords like "top secret" and "classified materials," "top secret buildings" and words like that."

 

The prosecution and defense examined Special Agent David Shaver over the course of two days regarding his forensic investigations of Pfc. Manning's military computer and Manning's activity on Intelink, the military's version of Google.

 

Chad Madaras, who worked as a "Fox 35 intel analyst," testified that he shared a computer with Manning for six months: Madaras worked days and Manning, nights.

 

 

 

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