Another bad day for Bradley Manning

posted at 2:01 pm on April 29, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It’s been quite a while since we last checked in on the continuing adventures of Wikileaks media sensation and accused traitor Bradley Manning, but as promised, the military justice system is grinding along at its own pace and moving toward a resolution. The latest round of activity surrounds requests by Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, to simply skip over all of this bothersome nonsense about having a Court Martial and just dismiss some of the most serious charges out of hand. So… how did that work out?

Not very well.

The judge in the case of accused WikiLeaker PFC Bradley Manning has denied a defense motion to dismiss the charge of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge Manning will face during his court martial.

On the third and final day of pre-trial hearings in Manning’s case, presiding judge Col. Denise Lind on Thursday denied two other defense motions. They included an assertion that prosecutors unreasonably multiplied charges against Manning, and a motion to dismiss a charge dealing with publishing information on the Internet knowing the enemy has access to the Web…

Manning faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy, theft of public property or records, and transmitting defense information.

On what basis did David Coombs want to have the charge of aiding the enemy dismissed? Because it was, “too vague.” (Seriously?) As to the other requests, he complained that the government was simply “piling on offenses to increase the sentence.”

I have now sat through numerous conference calls with Manning’s supporters and interviewed a few people involved in the case. While I don’t really have much sympathy for his situation, (assuming, that is, that a conviction is obtained and he is guilty as charged) at this point I have to wonder if he’s really being well served by his defense team. A charge of aiding the enemy is, “too vague?” And for a lawyer to argue that adding more charges is intended to produce a harsher sentence… if you break more laws you do more time. Words really fail me at this point.

In any event, the Court Martial is set to kick off in September. We’ll keep you updated. Most of it will not be open to the public, as is proper in such a sensitive case, but I’m sure we’ll get the results and the highlights in due time.


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Treason should be on that list, along with a declaration that his butt-buddy julian assangehole is an enemy of the state and should be shot in the face on sight.

Wolfmoon on April 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Seems to me that this would be a good job for one of the Predator Drones: let’s see how accurately a missile can be guided into a target hole.

landlines on April 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM

What I can’t understand is this. How in the world did a 19 year old kid get access to all that secret data? What blithering idiot thought that was a good idea?

Snake307 on April 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

What I can’t understand is this. How in the world did a 19 year old kid get access to all that secret data? What blithering idiot thought that was a good idea?
Snake307 on April 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I heard they also gave him the keys to the warehouse in which the gubmint stored the Ark of the Covenant (1st Indiana Jones movie). I think I saw the Ark on eBay last week.

Marcola on April 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM

What I can’t understand is this. How in the world did a 19 year old kid get access to all that secret data? What blithering idiot thought that was a good idea?

Snake307 on April 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

19 year olds are NOT kids, they are legal adults please stop describing men and women who have chosen to defend our nation, or be police officers or other First Responders as children.

As to how he got access: He was a 35F (Intelligence Analyst United States Army) and they have access to a private intelligence internet called SIPRNet (Secure Internet Protocol Routed Network) which all intel agencies (DoD, DIA, CIA, FBI, NSA, NCTC, State Dept, etc etc) have access to.

A 35F has the highest Security Clearance possible in the military so all you would need to do is get on and pick and choose what you wanted to see. As for how he DOWNLOADED it?!! That would be some idiot higher up who thought it would be a good idea to allow servicemembers to bring their own media devices into a super secured area that you can be shot for entering if you aren’t supposed to be there. My best friend is also a 35F and has told me of the constant headaches he got for over a month straight after Manning was caught.

SgtSVJones on April 30, 2012 at 1:04 AM

O man, from the pic, he is so obviously a twig boy, you’d think the Army would screen for that in recruitment. Or, at least, when they’re handing out those Top Secret clearances. No twig boys.

curved space on April 30, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Dante, it’s treason. The information he made available put him fellow soldiers and officers in peril on the battle field.

Treason.

Try him.

Convict him.

Shoot him.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2012 at 5:54 AM

O man, from the pic, he is so obviously a twig boy, you’d think the Army would screen for that in recruitment. Or, at least, when they’re handing out those Top Secret clearances. No twig boys.
curved space on April 30, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Clearly…a guy with a butt-chin, like this guy obviously has, needs punishment on just that fact alone. This guy can moon you without even dropping his pants…Sheer arrogance and audacity fer sure !!

…add to this some traitorous activity charges and this guy is in some deep kimchee ….

BigSven on April 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Shoot him.

hawkdriver on April 30, 2012 at 5:54 AM

I certainly wouldn’t cry over his bullet-riddled corpse but I don’t think the military wants that much bad PR (they are not immune from PR, obviously). I’d be happy to see him get life imprisonment at hard labor – real hard labor, not the pu$$y kind picking up trash from the highway.

swinia sutki on April 30, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Mitch Rapp, you are needed now to straighten this mess out in your special way.

Traitor Manning must not get away with his treason.

RWRFAN on April 30, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Ha! Suck it, Anonymous! Yeah, turns out you can’t get someone off the hook for a crime he in fact committed by shutting down websites, imagine that.

R. Waher on April 30, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Just wake me up for the execution, that’s all I want to see anyway.

insidiator on April 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM

I can’t understand why anybody is supporting this filthy traitor.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

That’s a motion you make because, well, what’s the down side? You know it probably won’t work, but if it doesn’t you’re no worse off than you were before. And, you never know, maybe you’ll get lucky.

Jeff A on April 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Jeff A on April 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

For lawyers, the canons of professional responsibility require one to zealously represent your client. That includes throwing mountains of irrelevant crap on the wall, hoping that some smells better than the rest . . .

BigAlSouth on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I think the real treason is sending American troops into a war that is undeclared and based on lies.
Why don’t we try every Senator and Congressman that voted for NDAA and CISPA? THAT is real treason against the American people.

RightXBrigade on April 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The accusation of adding more charges to increase the sentence is about as intelligent as saying that a kite flies because of physics. A court martial charge of aiding the enemy via intentional delivery of secret information is capable of resulting in a life sentence all by itself. The “piling on of chargers” is happening because each of those statutes was violated.

I agree, Manning’s attorney isn’t doing him much good with these absurd motions. Then again, perhaps they know there’s no real way out, and are trying any Hail Mary they can.

Freelancer on April 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

How the hell can anyone make the case that Manning was a whistle blower?

darkpixel on April 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

For dante, it’s easy. He hates America, American success and American soldiers. So, as the troll that he is, lil dante will defend anyone whose actions harm American interests.

Solaratov on April 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Also, what is inherently wrong with “antagonizing the system”? Sometimes the system needs a little antagonizing.

iwasbornwithit on April 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

NOT when it costs the lives of Americans or our allies.

Solaratov on April 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Also, what is inherently wrong with “antagonizing the system”? Sometimes the system needs a little antagonizing.
iwasbornwithit on April 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
NOT when it costs the lives of Americans or our allies.
Solaratov on April 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Do you have ANY proof that Americans died as a result of what Manning is accused of? Of course not. Get a grip.

iwasbornwithit on April 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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