11 May 2013, 15:54

Stenographer sought for transcribing Bradley Manning trial

Брэдли Мэннинг WikiLeaks утечка секретные материалы

The pretrial hearings in the case of Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing information to WikiLeaks, have been marked by extreme secrecy with prohibitions on recording the proceedings and no official transcripts of them.

Accordingly, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $40,000-50,000 to cover a stenographer for the duration of the trial which is expected to last three or four months. Any unused donations will go to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund.

Court audio from Bradley Manning posted on internet

Some supporters of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy released a leaked audio recording Tuesday of Pfc. Bradley Manning explaining why he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation, a group co-founded by Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, posted the 68-minute recording of Manning's voice on its website. The group also posted an edited, five-minute version on YouTube, featuring Manning's rationale for sending WikiLeaks an unclassified video of a deadly 2007 Army helicopter attack on civilians in Iraq.

The recording was from a February 28 court-martial pretrial hearing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. News organizations reported on Manning's statement at the time, but spectators were prohibited from recording the proceedings. Those in the courtroom were searched for recording equipment beforehand, and about two dozen reporters watching a closed-circuit video feed in a separate building had to agree in writing not to record the hearing.

The recording posted by the foundation contains typing sounds that suggest it was made in the media center.

The Army said in a statement it has notified the military judge that there was a violation of the "Rules for Court."

In his statement, Manning acknowledged he was the source of the leaks. He said he leaked the material, including State Department cables and secret battleground reports, to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Voice of Russia, ABC News, The Wired

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