Bradley Manning’s Defense Claims U.S. Military is Withholding Evidence on His Innocence

Bradley ManningEd Pilkington reports in the Guardian:

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing.

With Manning’s court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights.

The stakes are high, with Manning facing possible life imprisonment for a raft of charges that include “aiding the enemy”.

Manning’s main civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has filed a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, that sets out a catalogue of delays and inconsistencies in the army’s handling of the case. In particular, he claims the government has failed to disclose key evidence that could help Manning defend himself against the charges.

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3 Comments on "Bradley Manning’s Defense Claims U.S. Military is Withholding Evidence on His Innocence"

  1. When you treat heroes like traitors, whistleblowers like criminals and common citizens like slaves, there isn’t much farther to fall.

    Meanwhile Corzine, Blankfein and thousands of other crooks walk free …

    • Andy Matterson | May 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

       What happens when you treat traitors like gyros, criminals like thistleblowers, and that last one is just plain stupid. 

      If the citizenry were slaves they wouldn’t able to own land.  Or own guns.  Or use those guns to protect their property.

      • Bruteloop | May 29, 2012 at 4:13 am |

        Do you own the land outright? Mortgage? Taxes of any sort?
        Maybe there is someone out there with more guns than you?
        Bigger ones as well.
        Are you really that complacent?

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