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WikiSecrets

Speed of Bradley Manning Trial Masks Prosecutors’ Struggles

Prosecutors have struggled to show that Manning was following directions from WikiLeaks, which could be key in establishing the charge of “aiding the enemy.”

WikiSecrets

Whistleblower or Traitor?

For years, this has been the debate over how to characterize Bradley Manning and the same question is being asked … Continue reading

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Witnesses Testify About WikiLeaks Suspect’s Computer Skills

One witness suggested PFC Bradley Manning was hardly alone in copying sensitive files to local drives, or even CDs.

WikiSecrets

Hacker Who Exposed WikiLeaks Suspect Takes the Stand

Adrian Lamo turned chat logs of his conversations with Bradley Manning over to federal officials.

WikiSecrets

Prosecutors: Bradley Manning Was Warned About WikiLeaks

Opening arguments began in Manning’s court-martial today with prosecutors describing him as arrogant, and the defense saying he was “young, naïve, but good intentioned.”

Iraq / War on Terror

Guantanamo Commissions Paralyzed by Data Breach

All defense counsel representing detainees facing charges before the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay have been forced to stop work as a result of an internal data breach in the Pentagon’s computer system.

WikiSecrets

A Partial Victory for WikiLeaker in Court Today

A judge ruled the prosecution would have to prove that Army PFC Bradley Manning had “reason to believe” the information would aid Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

WikiSecrets

The “Indie” Journalists At the Center of the Bradley Manning Trial

The two stalwarts dedicated to covering the WikiLeaks case aren’t from the mainstream press.

WikiSecrets

Secretly Recorded Audio Leaked of Bradley Manning’s Court Statement

The Freedom of the Press Foundation secretly recorded the audio, which for the first time, allows the world to hear the voice of the man who admitted leaking more than 500,000 classified documents.

WikiSecrets

Manning Plea Sets Up Court Martial Strategy

Pleading guilty to about half of the 22 charges against him in military court yesterday, Army private Bradley Manning delivered … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

9/11 Trial Officers Explain “Ransacking” of Legal Documents

An assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate at Guantanamo Bay said a range of documents was seized from defendants this week as part of Standard Operating Procedures to maintain safety at the prison facility.

Iraq / War on Terror

9/11 Defense Attorneys Say Legal Documents Were “Ransacked”

Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other defendants say confidential materials went missing while they were in court yesterday.

Iraq / War on Terror

Senior Official Confirms Audio Monitoring Devices at 9/11 Tribunal

The military tribunal for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-defendants continued to focus yesterday on an emergency … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

The 9/11 Trial: Dispute Over Monitoring Defendants Continues

The revelation two weeks ago that an external monitor was remotely censoring the courtroom feed at the trial of 9/11 … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

Judge Orders End to Mysterious “Censor” at 9/11 Trial

The judge in the military commission hearing of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sought to put an end Thursday to outside interference from a censor with the ability to block an audio feed of the courtroom.

Iraq / War on Terror

Confusion Reigns at 9/11 Suspects’ Hearing This Week

The pre-trial hearings in the military commission of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants stalled midway through the … Continue reading

Iraq / War on Terror

Who Controls the Censors at 9/11 Mastermind Tribunal?

The judge was as confused as anyone as to why an audio feed of the hearing was cut off.

WikiSecrets

Court Rulings Set Parameters of WikiLeaks Suspect’s Trial

PFC Bradley Manning’s defense will not be allowed to introduce motive at his court-martial.

WikiSecrets

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges Against WikiLeaks Suspect

However, Army Col. Denise Lind, who is heading Bradley Manning’s court-martial, did award him a 112-day reduction in any future sentence due to his mistreatment in solitary confinement.

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Prosecution Cross-Examines WikiLeaks Suspect

Much of the testimony was focused on PFC Bradley Manning’s troubled behavior in custody.

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WikiLeaks Suspect: “I Remember Thinking I’m Going to Die”

In a highly anticipated moment, PFC Bradley Manning took the stand in his pre-court martial hearing this week, for the first time presenting the court and the world the story of his confinement in his own words.

WikiSecrets

Psychiatrists Testify to WikiLeaks Suspect’s Mental State

Two military psychiatrists who cared for PFC Bradley Manning during his confinement at Quantico testified today that their recommendation that Manning be removed from a suicide watch was disregarded.

WikiSecrets

Hearing Focuses on Conditions of Alleged WikiLeaks Suspect’s Detention

PFC Bradley Manning’s lawyers claim his treatment in military prisons constituted “illegal pre-trial punishment.”

Iraq / War on Terror

9/11 Mastermind Harangues U.S. Gov’t at Guantanamo Hearing

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed said the government stretches the definition of “national security” to justify killing and torture.

Iraq / War on Terror

Court Ruling Could Undermine Charges Against 9/11 Defendants

An appeals court in Washington, D.C. yesterday handed down a decision that could undermine some of the charges in the Guantanamo military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants.

Iraq / War on Terror

Guantanamo Hearings Proceed Despite Health Concerns

Motion hearings for the military commission trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants begin here today, and the proceedings are beset with controversy before the court is even in session.

Iraq / War on Terror

In 9/11 Trial, A Struggle For Control

By most obvious measures, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is utterly powerless; not only is … Continue reading

WikiSecrets

Bradley Manning Court-Martial Set for September

Prosecutors will have to prove the alleged WikiLeaker acted with the “clear understanding” that the information would be viewed by the enemy.

WikiSecrets

Update: Door Left Open for Deal in Manning Case

FRONTLINE’s Arun Rath is on the scene at Fort Meade and will be providing updates throughout the day.

Rules of Engagement

What Are the Ramifications of the Haditha Case?

The most infamous war crime to come out of the Iraq war ended with a whimper. None of the Marines charged ended up facing serious punishment. Here’s a closer look at what the legal rulings mean for the soldiers on the ground and the civilians who have to live among them.

Rules of Engagement

Marine to Serve No Time in Haditha War-Crimes Case

Marine Lt. Col. David Jones sentenced Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich to demotion in rank to private for negligent dereliction of duty for his role in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq in 2005.

Rules of Engagement

Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha War-Crimes Trial

The biggest war-crimes case out of the war in Iraq came to a close this morning when Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich pleaded guilty to one count of dereliction of duty in the November 2005 deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Rules of Engagement

Trial Resumes of Marine Accused in Haditha Killings

Following an abrupt two-day break, the trial of Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich resumed today at Camp Pendleton, indicating that Wuterich declined to accept a deal offered by the prosecution.

Rules of Engagement

Possible Deal for Last Suspect in Haditha Court-Martial?

A deal may be in the works to end the last war crimes trial stemming from the war in Iraq.

WikiSecrets

Court-Martial Recommended for WikiLeaks Suspect

Pfc. Bradley Manning should be referred to a general court-martial, Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, the investigating officer assigned to Manning’s pre-trial hearing, recommended today.

WikiSecrets

What Happened At Bradley Manning’s Hearing This Week?

Bradley Manning’s Article 32 hearing — essentially a pre-trial that determines the need for a court-martial — was an odd, stop-start affair, punctuated by frequent, long recesses and disputes over evidence and witnesses.

WikiSecrets

Updates From Bradley Manning’s Pretrial Hearing

Bradley Manning is making his first court appearance today, 18 months after he was accused of leaking half a million classified documents to WikiLeaks.

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