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Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audio of Bradley Manning’s Statement
March 11, 2013 By Trevor Timm Rainey Reitman

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Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is publishing the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In addition, we have published highlights from Manning’s statement to the court. While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning.

Bradley Manning's Full Statement

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. on the IRS Independent Journalists Lead Way in Covering and Bringing Transparency to Bradley Manning's Court Martial Obama Promises More Transparency on Drone Strikes. no audio or visual recordings are permitted by the judge. represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). He explains to the military court in his own cadence and words how and why he gave the Apache helicopter video. Manning explains his motives. and the State Department Diplomatic Cables to WikiLeaks.pressfreedomfoundation. https://www." In conjunction with the statement.org/blog/2013/03/fp.. no transcripts of the proceedings or any motions by the prosecution have been released. Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Logs. Private First Class Manning also pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him. has been engaged in a legal battle to force the court to be more open. noting how he believed the documents showed deep wrongdoing by the government and how he hoped that the release would "spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan. While the government has belatedly released a small portion 2 of 5 03/18/2013 11:22 PM .. Freedom of the Press Foundation is dedicated to supporting journalism that combats overreaching government secrecy. While reporters are allowed in the courtroom. and lengthy court orders read on the stand by the judge have not been published for public review..Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audi. We have been disturbed that Manning’s pre-trial hearings have been hampered by the kind of extreme government secrecy that his releases to WikiLeaks were intended to protest. Then Doubles Down on Secrecy A short film by Laura Poitras A group of journalists.

Freedom of the Press Foundation’s mission is to support and defend cutting-edge transparency journalism by supporting those organizations that publish leaks in the public interest.. The information provided by Manning has uncovered stories of wrongdoing by the United States. The cables were reportedly one of the catalysts that led to the Arab 3 of 5 03/18/2013 11:22 PM . called the government "utterly unresponsive to what is a core First Amendment principle. While we are not equipped (technically or as a matter of human resources) to receive leaked information nor do we plan on receiving them in the future. https://www. the lawsuit has been tied up in the appeals court for months. in which the government is putting on trial a concerned government employee whose only stated goal was to bring attention to what he viewed as serious governmental misconduct and criminal activity. and that contemporaneous access to information about the trial is necessary to understanding the proceedings. Michael Ratner..org/blog/2013/03/fp.. we realized we had a unique opportunity to bring some small measure of transparency directly by allowing the world to hear for itself the voice of someone who took a controversial and important stance for government transparency. When we received this recording. Nonetheless. as well as by leaders and politicians around the world.Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audi. president emeritus of CCR. many of the most important orders have been withheld—such as the orders relating to the speedy trial proceedings or the order related to Manning’s prolonged solitary confinement. educating the public about the important relationship between leaking and independent journalism. We hope this recording will shed light on one of the most secret court trials in recent history. the information being presented is not classified. We hope to prompt additional analysis of these proceedings by other journalistic institutions and the public at large. of documents related to the case.pressfreedomfoundation." Ratner noted this is a public trial. we are proud to publish and analyze this particular recording because it is so clearly matches our mission of supporting transparency journalism.. We often report on news surrounding government secrecy.

government secrecy is unprecedented. To this day. By releasing this audio recording. Spring and sped up the end of the Iraq War. including charges under the Espionage Act and "aiding the enemy" —which could have huge consequences for press freedom and the First Amendment.. is an anathema 4 of 5 03/18/2013 11:22 PM ." Extreme secrecy in our courts. he has taken responsibility for them by pleading guilty to ten charges. and there are credible reports that the government has abused its secrecy and classification systems to cover up numerous illegal and unconstitutional activities. https://www. is continuing to pursue all of the charges against him. the government has so overreached that its ‘success’ would turn thousands of loyal soldiers into criminals. The government however. The ACLU has expressed concern that this "aiding the enemy" charge could criminalize speech for all sorts of active military members. but civilians too. both in the United States and around the world. the information provided by Manning is used every day by journalists and historians in major publications are the world to enlighten and inform the public.S.. noting that "In its zeal to throw the book at Manning. we wish to make sure that the voice of this generation's most prolific whistleblower can be heard—literally—by the world. In a time when the extent and reach of U.. just like in our government’s policies and our politics.pressfreedomfoundation. a big stick that could threaten not just members of the military." And Harvard Law professor Yochai Benkler has argued that this prosecution could decimate national security journalism by outlawing whole categories of journalistsource relationships in the future: "[T]he prosecutors seem bent on using this case to push a novel and aggressive interpretation of the law that would arm the government with a much bigger stick to prosecute vaguely-defined national security leaks.Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audi. more than two years after their release. Regardless of whether one believes that Manning’s acts were right or wrong or a mix of both. for which he faces up to twenty years in prison.. Manning’s actions should be seen as an overdue sliver of sunlight into an overly secret system rather than as a basis for a prosecution seeking decades of imprisonment.org/blog/2013/03/fp.

The courtrooms of America should be open to the public.. Whether military or civilian. You can donate to aggressive journalism outlets dedicated to transparency and accountability on our homepage. so they can see and hear what is being done in their name.org/blog/2013/03/fp.Freedom of the Press Foundation Publishes Leaked Audi.pressfreedomfoundation. 5 of 5 03/18/2013 11:22 PM .. this type of closed-door legal process impairs the public’s rightto-know and journalists’ ability to report on matters of deep public concern. to democracy.. https://www. You can learn more about Bradley Manning’s case by visiting the Bradley Manning Support Network..

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