Manning supporters shocked(!) that hearing on classified info will be closed to public

posted at 11:25 am on December 19, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Supporters of Bradley Manning (or Breanna, depending on who you ask) are up in arms over the latest development in the accused traitor’s pre-trial hearing. It seems that portions of the next phase will involve discussions of classified documents and the Army has granted a request to have those sections closed to the public and the press. Ah… the unfairness of it all. You can simply smell the injustice in the air.

Supporters of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks are objecting to plans to close portions of Manning’s military hearing to the public and media on Monday.

Manning, 24, is accused of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, which published much of the material on the Internet last year.

Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, the investigating officer who is conducting the preliminary hearing at Fort Meade, said Sunday he would empty the courtroom on Monday to hear testimony involving classified information.

Among those to be excluded are an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

I initially found out about this via an urgent, outrageously outraged e-mail alert from the Breanna Bradley Manning Support Network.

The Bradley Manning Support Network is deeply troubled by the imposition of an unexplained media blackout without any avenue for redress. The investigating officer has already prevented Manning’s defense from considering internal administration assessments that found these materials did not pose a threat to national security. Now he is seeking to prevent journalists and the public from reporting on testimony related to materials that are already in the public domain.

I see. So, essentially your argument is that the classified material to be discussed shouldn’t be a reason to keep you all out of the hearing because… he already leaked all of the classified material to Assange anyway? It’s an innovative argument to say the least. And Manning is likely going to require quite a few more creative bits of defense if he ever hopes to see the sun shine again without shadows of prison bars obscuring it. According to The Guardian, it seems that a forensic investigator has been pouring through all of the files on the private’s computer and found them to be an exact match for the ones that showed up on Wikileaks. And he’s going to be testifying to that effect.

Adding fuel to an already expanding fire, investigators found records of searches which Manning performed on the government databases with keywords that included “WikiLeaks,” “Julian Assange” and “Guantanamo Bay detainee assessments.” None of these, according to the report, are things which Manning would have needed to be searching on in the course of his assigned duties. (There’s a reminder for you here kids… always clear your browser history.)

The latest round of pearl clutching and hand wringing from Manning’s supporters is almost comical in its failed attempt at rational discourse. Even if the privileged material already was dumped off to Assange via a third party, there hasn’t been time for everyone to go through nearly three quarter of a million documents in detail. There is absolutely no excuse for trotting them out in front of the media or anyone else at this point simply because you feel that cat is out of the bag. Further, leaked or not, classified material is still classified material, and exposing it all over again is no less of a violation.

The hearing is slated to wrap up either tomorrow or Wednesday. Shortly after that we should know the details of the court martial. Given the nature of these recent items which the prosecution will present, I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t going to be one.

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I’d rather see him doing a life stretch in a 10×4 cell with no window and a light bulb that stays on 24/7

tommyboy on December 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Make that a CFL lightbulb…

disa on December 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

The nutjobs of the left are upset that the gay traitor is even on trial, of course the DoD under Obama isn’t going to push for capital punishment. However much the bastard deserves to be put to death in the most painful way possible.

He is not facing the death penalty. So, you and others demanding that he be executed is not going to happen. Get over it.

What your side won’t admit is that Manning is not a hero. He is not a whistleblower. Even if he legitimately saw stuff he didn’t like, there are procedures to bring it up within his chain-of-command. And it is not incumbent on a PFC to determine what the public has the “right” to know about national security and diplomatic issues.

My side? What are you, nuts? And what does the rest of your blubbering have to do with me and my comments that they are not seeking the DP? Are you drunk?

Manning is an attention seeking traitor. He violated the oath he took when he joined the military. The full penalty for treason should be on the table for consideration at his court martial.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Yeah, whatever.

Blake on December 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM

If he gave thousands of classified documents away, he should be Courts-Martialed as a traitor and the full penalty imposed. Much of the trial has to be closed due to the nature of the documents. They were classified. Simple. That is how we do it in the military. Get over it.

tjcat on December 19, 2011 at 8:23 PM

tjcat on December 19, 2011 at 8:23 PM

No, you and others need to get over it. They are not charging the DP. That is a fact. Deal with it. As far as how the military does things, they haven’t executed anyone in over 50 years and I don’t see them doing so in the near or distant future.

Blake on December 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

No, you and others need to get over it. They are not charging the DP. That is a fact. Deal with it. As far as how the military does things, they haven’t executed anyone in over 50 years and I don’t see them doing so in the near or distant future.

Blake on December 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Not charging him with the DP doesn’t mean it isn’t warranted, Blake..especially if shown that Pfc. Mannings’s unauthorized release of of Military & State Dept. emails and correspondence led to the death(s) of people with direct connection to the US government, regardless of their role, be they a citizen, an employee, or a combination thereof.

From whats been written and released, in my humble opinion, the Army has MORE than enough to try him for release of classified material, mishandling of same, misappropriation of State Dept cables…

Hell, I don’t think there’s that much to stretch that his actions may have lead to the deaths of people working for the US Intelligence services…and if you wanna really throw it all in the pot, you could charge and try him for acting as Agent for a hostile government and/or entities…because his action DID and DOES benefit enemies of the US…AND this was going on during a time of actual conflict?

The military may not have had executions in over 50 years, but not since the John Walker Jr. case there seems to be a great reason to do so.

BlaxPac on December 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM

“Given the nature of these recent items which the prosecution will present, I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t going to be one[Court Martial].”

It would be fitting,
if the traitor was found,
in the latrine belly down~~~

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM

He is not facing the death penalty. So, you and others demanding that he be executed is not going to happen. Get over it.
Yeah, whatever.
Blake on December 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Depends, if they put him with the general population in prison?

DSchoen on December 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM

ADM. MULLEN SAYS MANNING MAY ALREADY “HAVE BLOOD ON HIS HANDS”
What do we really know about chubby-cheeked little Bradley Manning, besides the fact he’s a computer nerd who has left-wing sympathies and little regard for the lives he may have put in danger?

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it well when he guessed Manning “might already have blood on his hands.” He was referring to “some young American soldier or member of an Afghan family” (who had served as an informant or intelligence source against the enemy), being killed as a result of the leaked documents.

DSchoen on December 20, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Not charging him with the DP doesn’t mean it isn’t warranted, Blake..especially if shown that Pfc.

BlaxPac on December 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Oh, stop it already! Is he facing execution? No. I point that out and I get attacked and attacked for things I never said.

As far as charges go, what specific criminal sections are you proposing he be charged with? What are the jury instructions for the statutes? What is each and every element of the charges that must be proven? What is your admissible evidence of each and every element? What are the evidentiary hurdles that must be overcome? It’s easy to yammer about charges but much more difficult to prove them. Answer all those questions in detail and then you can make a legitimate argument regarding what he should be charged with.

The military may not have had executions in over 50 years, but not since the John Walker Jr. case there seems to be a great reason to do so.

BlaxPac on December 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM

There are great reasons to execute every murderer on military death row – but they won’t do it. Even the Ft. Hood killer if he is sentenced to death will never be executed. If they had left the state of Texas to try him, he would be executed. Again, even if Manning were charged, convicted, and sentenced to death, the chances of him being executed are zero.

Blake on December 20, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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