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Full text transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement to court martial

Manning,-BradleyBradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: highly-recommendedfull text Guardian UK , 1 March 13,

In the absence of a full official copy of Manning’s statement, journalists have had to rely on their own note-taking from court Bradley Manning read out a personal statement to the court in Fort Meade, Maryland, at a pre-trial hearing over his prosecution for leaking the largest trove of state secrets in US history. It provides the first account in his own words and under his own name of how he came to download hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos from secure military databases and transmit them to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The US government has refused to publish contemporaneous transcripts and documents from the Manning court martial, prompting legal complaints from open government groups. In the absence of a full official copy of Manning’s statement, journalists covering the case have had to rely on their own note-taking from the courtroom.

Here the Guardian publishes a transcript compiled by independent journalist Alexa O’Brien, who has been covering the pre-trial hearings. It provides the most comprehensive and accurate account of a highly significant statement. This transcript was compiled by O’Brien from her contemporaneous notes, not from a recording nor from an official document. Inevitably, it may contain errors…..http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/01/bradley-manning-wikileaks-statement-full-text

March 2, 2013 - Posted by | Legal, USA

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