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June 5, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
FT. MEADE, Md. - Bradley Manning's former Army supervisor described him Wednesday as a highly competent computer whiz who could easily get around secret passwords to retrieve information about enemy terrorist cells. "He indicated to me he was very fluent in computers, that he spoke their language, and that there was nothing he could not do on a computer," said Jihrleah Showman, a former Army specialist who served as Manning's team leader in Iraq. Showman testified in Manning's court-martial on charges he aided the enemy by passing thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
June 3, 2013 | By Richard Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Government prosecutors, hoping to win a life sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the WikiLeaks scandal, opened their case Monday in the court-martial against the young enlistee with a slide show that began with an ominous email he sent in May 2010. He wrote, “If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?” What Manning did, Army Cpt. Joe Morrow alleged in the long-awaited trial at Ft. Meade, was download and send to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 classified government documents, including highly sensitive State Department cables and assessments of terror captives, and prisoner interrogation videos to confidential U.S. evaluations of foreign allies.
June 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
FT. HOOD, TEXAS - A military judge ruled that Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a mass shooting, may represent himself at his upcoming court-martial. The military judge, Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, issued her ruling Monday after an Army physician testified that Hasan, 42, had the stamina to sit and concentrate at trial. Hasan was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by police during the 2009 attack at Ft. Hood. The physician, Maj. Prasad Lakshminarasimhiah, testified that Hasan suffered no recurring pain or other major complications from his injuries.
June 3, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's decision to release classified U.S. government secrets came in late December 2009, when he was new to Iraq and learned to his horror that a family of five was grievously injured by a roadside bomb. David Coombs, defense attorney for the 25-year-old enlistee, said at the opening Monday of Manning's long-awaited court martial that on Christmas Eve that year a vehicle with two adults and three children pulled to the side of the road to let an Army convoy pass, only to hit a roadside bomb.
June 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, TEXAS - A military judge decided Monday to grant a request by accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to represent himself at his court-martial, finding him competent to waive his right to counsel after a doctor testified that he is physically capable of handling his defense during what's likely to be a lengthy trial. The military judge, Col. Tara Osborn, had ordered Hasan to undergo a physical exam last week and ruled Monday after summoning the doctor who performed the exam to testify about Hasan's health.
June 1, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has already confessed to mishandling classified information for sending hundreds of thousands of U.S. intelligence documents to the WikiLeaks website, including reports of airstrikes that killed civilians, assessments of terrorism suspect captives, and diplomatic cables. On those charges alone, he could spend 20 years in prison. But on Monday, the 25-year-old Army computer whiz who lost his faith in the government over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will go on trial on charges of aiding the enemy and putting American lives at risk, and for that he is facing a possible life sentence.
May 23, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" may be a documentary, but director Alex Gibney gives the film the feel of a propulsive espionage techno-thriller played out in the real world. The movie is in some sense two films in one. It's partly a study of the well-known Julian Assange, who captured the world's attention when his WikiLeaks website made volumes of sensitive U.S. government material available online, sparking a firestorm of controversy over secrecy and freedom of information in the digital age. But viewers may be less familiar with Bradley Manning, the low-level Army intelligence analyst who provided Assange with his most daring cache of documents and is soon to begin a court-martial stemming from those activities.
May 6, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Army Sgt. John Russell opened fire on U.S. mental health workers at a combat stress center in Iraq out of revenge after doctors said he was not eligible to leave the Army, prosecutors said Monday at the opening of Russell's court-martial on charges of premeditated murder. Five U.S. servicemen were shot to death at the Camp Liberty clinic in 2009. The defense claims that Russell suffered from chronic stress and mental illness that flamed into a psychotic fury.
April 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
CAMP PENDLETON - A female Marine was convicted Wednesday of "attempted adultery" and lying to investigators in a case involving allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse in the enlisted ranks. The Marine, a staff sergeant with 17 years' service, could receive a year in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge when the judge, Lt. Col. Leon Francis, announces the sentence Thursday. She was convicted of attempting "to have sexual intercourse with … a man not her husband," but she was acquitted of adultery.
January 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Lawyers for an Army general accused of sexual misconduct with female officers under his command sought Tuesday to remove the prosecution team from his court-martial for possessing emails protected by lawyer-client privilege. In a defense motion, a military judge was asked to disqualify four military prosecutors because emails from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair to his lawyers, wife and pastor inadvertently ended up in prosecution hands. Those communications enjoy protected legal status and are not to be viewed by prosecutors.
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