Secretly Recorded Audio Leaked of Bradley Manning’s Court Statement

March 12, 2013

In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Lawyers for Julian Assange argue before the U.S. military’s highest court for public access to legal documents in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for allegedly giving hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents to Assange’s secret-busting website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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The Freedom of the Press Foundation has released surreptitiously recorded audio of the statement Private Bradley Manning made in a pre-court martial hearing last week.

The government released a slightly redacted text version of Manning’s statement Monday, but the audio posted this morning, in direct violation of court rules against unauthorized recording, has let Bradley Manning speak to the world in his own voice.

Today on PRI’s The World, host Marco Werman and FRONTLINE reporter Arun Rath listen to some of the recording, and discuss its significance.

Listen to The World segment here:

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And here is the full audio of Manning’s statement from The Freedom of the Press Foundation:

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