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August 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas -- An Army major facing the death penalty told a military court here Tuesday that he was the shooter in a 2009 rampage that killed 13 soldiers and that he acted after switching sides from U.S. goals. In an opening statement that lasted less than two minutes, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan made his first comments at his court-martial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for those killed and wounded in the Ft. Hood attack of Nov. 5, 2009.
August 4, 2013 | By David Zucchino
LILLINGTON, N.C. - Alonzo Lunsford is blind in his left eye. Half his intestines have been surgically removed. He has trouble walking. He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A powerfully built man who stands 6-foot-9, Lunsford was shot seven times at Ft. Hood in Texas in November 2009 in the worst mass shooting on an American military base. Now he's steeling himself for the day when he will come face-to-face in military court with the man accused of shooting him, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
July 19, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Long before he was unmasked as the biggest leaker of classified intelligence secrets in U.S. history, his boss inside a small, plywood structure near Baghdad suspected that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning might be a spy. And her suspicions and his odd behavior finally culminated late one night in a flash of angry tempers and fisticuffs. The clues, former Army specialist Jihrleah Showman testified in his court-martial Friday, were everywhere - a combination of odd behavior, nervousness and stealth.
July 18, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - The judge in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning refused to dismiss the most serious charge against him Thursday, dealing a blow to his hope of emerging from the trial as a whistle-blower concerned about government abuse rather than a disgruntled soldier driven to assist Al Qaeda. The decision by Col. Denise Lind upholding the charge of aiding the enemy signaled that she may be preparing to find Manning guilty. This could mean the 25-year-old - who gave the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks more than 700,000 U.S. intelligence files, videos and diplomatic cables - could spend the rest of his life in a military brig with no chance of parole.
July 8, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning never meant to harm national security, but he believed Americans deserved to know how the Pentagon was waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, his lawyers told a military judge Monday. As the defense opened in the former intelligence analyst's court-martial, Manning's lawyers also filed four motions asking for a directed verdict of not guilty, contending that the government had not proved that he had committed espionage or other offenses. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, said she would review the briefs after the prosecution responded by Thursday.
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 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.
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