Notes from the June 3, 2013 court hearing of PFC Bradley Manning
Reporter’s note: I attended the first week (June 3 – 5, 2013) of the trial of United States v. PFC Bradley Manning in Fort Meade, Maryland. I observed the hearing from a closed-circuit broadcast in an overflow trailer near the courthouse on Monday, June 3, and attended the hearing inside the court room on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. I am making available my notes (with some omissions and minimal edits) and summaries of the court martial proceedings due to the limited public access to official transcripts and court documents in the Manning case.
FORT MEADE, Maryland — Highlights from the court proceedings of United States v. PFC Bradley E. Manning on Monday, June 3, 2013:
Army Private First Class Bradley E. Manning confirmed his decision to be tried by a single military judge – specifically, Judge Col. Denise Lind – rather than a jury panel. He also confirmed his prior guilty pleas to lesser offenses.
The prosecution announced that a slide show will be presented during the government’s opening statements. However, the defense did not have a chance to review the government’s presentation slides and requested a brief recess to do so. The defense’s recess request was granted and court was adjourned for 15 minutes.
Post-recess – 10:45 a.m.
After reviewing the slides, Defense Counsel David Coombs objected to the 2009 WikiLeaks “Most Wanted” list presented on pages 3, 18, 19, and 20 of the prosecution’s slides.
Coombs explained that since the government’s forensic examiner had retrieved the 2009 WikiLeaks “Most Wanted” list by using a program “to search in the Internet history in order to be able to pull something that at one time existed on the Internet” and therefore does not have personal knowledge to properly authenticate that the content retrieved is, in fact, the WikiLeaks 2009 “Most Wanted” list.
Prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein said the evidence would show that PFC used the 2009 WikiLeaks “Most Wanted” list as a “guide, as a menu to do his searches and figure out what he was going to give WikiLeaks and not.”
While Judge Lind allowed the prosecution to present the 2009 WikiLeaks “Most Wanted” slides during the opening statement, she will rule on the admissibility of the list when the prosecution formally presents the evidence.
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