Bradley Manning – Providence
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[Bradley Manning – Providence]
On February 28, 2013
Bradley Manning read a 70 minute statement in military court explaining his motivation for leaking classified U.S. government documents.
This audio recording of Manning’s statement was unauthorized and leaked.
[Cross Talk Inaudible]
[Judge] Source: LYBIO.net
Pfc Manning you may read your statement.
[Bradley Edward Manning]
Thank you, your honor. I wrote this statement in confinement, so let me start. The following facts are provided in support of the providence inquiry for my court martial, United States versus Pfc Bradley E. Manning.
Personal facts: I’m a 25-year-old Private First Class in the United States Army. My primary military occupational specialty, or MOS, is 35 Foxtrot intelligence analyst. I entered active duty status on 2 October 2007. I enlisted with the hope of obtaining both real world experience and earning benefits under the GI Bill for college opportunities.
My recruiter informed me that I should select an MOS that complimented my interests outside the military. In response, I told him that I was interested in geopolitical matters and information technology. He suggested that I consider becoming an intelligence analyst.
Facts regarding the unauthorized storage and disclosure of the 12 July 2007 aerial weapons team video:
The video depicted several individuals being engaged by an aerial weapons team. At first I did not consider the video very special, as I have viewed countless other war porn type videos depicting combat.
However, the recording of audio comments by the aerial weapons team crew and the second engagement in the video of an unarmed bongo truck troubled me.
It was clear to me that the event happened because the aerial weapons team mistakenly identified Reuters employees as a potential threat and that the people in the bongo truck were merely attempting to assist the wounded. The people in the van were not a threat, but merely “Good Samartians”.
The most alarming aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have. They dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as “dead bastards” and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers.
At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.
Shortly after the second engagement, a mechanized infantry unit arrives at the scene. Within minutes, the aerial weapons team crew learns that children were in the van and despite the injuries the crew exhibits no remorse. Instead, they downplay the significance of their actions, saying “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle.”
For me it’s all a big mess, and I’m left wondering what these things mean and how it all fits together and it burdens me emotionally.
[Bradley Manning] Source: LYBIO.net
I saved a copy of the video on my workstation. At the time, I placed the video and rules for engagement information onto my personal laptop. On or about 21 February 2010, I used the WLO [WikiLeaks] submission form and uploaded the documents. The WLO released the video on 5 April 2010.
In his statement, Manning also describes his method and motivation for leaking the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and diplomatic cables.
Of the 22 charges he is facing, Manning pled guilty to 10.
He pled not guilty to the more serious charges, including “Aiding the Enemy.”
The U.S. military is till pursuing all charges, arguing that he “aided the enemy” by making government information available on the internet.
Manning’s court martial is scheduled to begin in June 2013.
He faced the possibility of life in prison.
Bradley Manning – Providence. I saved a copy of the video on my workstation. At the time, I placed the video and rules for engagement information onto my personal laptop. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.