Bradley Manning's gender identity comes up in testimony
Supporters of Bradley Manning protested outside his pre-trial hearing at Ft. Meade Friday.
December 17th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Bradley Manning's gender identity comes up in testimony

By CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland (CNN) - Defense lawyers for an army private accused in the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history brought up Saturday an alleged female alter ego of Bradley Manning's as they seek to establish his state of mind at the time of the alleged crimes.

The testimony came on the second day of Manning's Article 32 hearing, which also coincided with his 24th birthday.

A U.S. Army special agent, testifying by phone from Germany, was asked by one of Manning's attorneys if he knew that the Army private had an alter ego with the name, Breanna Manning. The agent said he was aware Manning used the name in online chats.

During questioning by Manning's lawyer, it was revealed Manning kept a folder of articles about gender identity disorder in his living quarters.

Manning is accused of leaking more than a quarter of a million classified Pentagon and State Department documents that ended up on the WikiLeaks website.

Follow the latest hearing developments here.

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  1. Proud Army Wife

    Patriotic or treason, morally right or morally wrong, what PFC Manning did was illegal. It was not his job to determine whether the info was secret or not. It was his job to take care of the info based of the classification it was given. More importantly, what PFC Manning did was down right reckless. He mass dumped a bunch of classified info into the hands of wikileaks. No one would be standing up for him if his actions proved to have lead to the death of soldiers or innocent civilians. He got lucky it didn't kill anyone. I agree, Cheney, Rumsfeld should be right there with PFC Manning on trial for treason, but just becuase they aren't doesn't make PFC Manning being on trial no less right. Finally, people have the right to say he should pay! PFC Manning IS getting his days in court. Get over it! You saying he is innocent means he equally circumvents the constitution so guess that makes you just as wrong.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Loui

      Manning informed the world about crimes the US committed. I am sure Hitler would have loved to hide things that went wrong in his regime. Manning is a hero, nothing else.

      December 18, 2011 at 7:30 am | Reply
      • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

        Because he thinks it is okay to punch women in the face? Or because he can't get his head straight on what gender he wants to be?

        If this was Nazi Germany,, Manning wouldn't have had a legitimate way to go about blowing the whistle - he would have had to resort to doing something illegal. He also wouldn't have had to worry about the stress of a possible courts martial. He would have gotten to learn about the way Nazis tortured prisoners, however.

        Your comparison doesn't really hold up to scrutiny.

        December 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • mtanous

      Illegal? So what? If the law is unjust, it is right to ignore it. Just as MLK did in the South. And the Founding Fathers did with the Boston Tea Party.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
  2. Bo Diidley Bop

    They're both still guilty of treason. Hang them both with the same rope.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  3. Scrapper 244

    Don Cooper. What is a ARMY SECURTY AGENT ? No such thing dopey. Just like your name. Too many o's and letters too close together in the alphabet. Damn boy your not even a good liar. And dont pretend to be active in the intel community cause your co workers would gut you like a fish if they heard you talking that crap.

    December 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  4. John N Florida

    So much for confronting your accuser in a court of law.

    December 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

      This is just a hearing. We'll get to that part if there is enough evidence to go forward to trail.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  5. Scrapper 244

    Hey Don Cooper. Made up name. First letters of both names next to each other in alphabet. Too many o's. Damn boy you cant even lie good.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  6. Scrapper 244

    Hey snoot. Get a snoot full of this. If he didnt do it alone this little pansey would be spiting out names like he should be spitting out teeth. And the costitution; you mean that little thing he swore to protect with his life. It provides him with a fair trial and appropriate punishment. Why is it that scateboarders like you want to change the rules when it applies to you. This puke is subjected to MARTIAL LAW. Which includes death by fireing squad. He could have resigned his post instead he chose to turn his back on his country...

    December 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • scooter

      Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, how can anyone who is an American see this as anything but treason? This man broke the trust that was given to him, how can he decide what should be classified and what shouldn't? Plain and simple lock him up and throw away the key!

      December 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • DHS

        TREASON? The war is criminal. Get your perspective right.

        December 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

        DHS – maybe, but that isn't at issue here.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  7. Liberty Queen

    PFC Bradley Manning is a HERO and a PATRIOT and upheld his Oath to Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States. You yahoos who want to throw out the Constitution because of your twisted seig-heil fascist version of reality are nothing more than tools for global thugs and pimps. We watched the video where you sick sob's slaughtered innocent Iraqi civilians and severely wounded children in a van, firing from a aerial gunship and laughing about it. You committed genocide and genocide is a crime. Go to h*ll you robotic punks. We figured this s**t out during Vietnam as our family and friends came home in body bag after body bag after body bag from a corporate war idiots like you fought for the global gunrunners and carpetbaggers. We watched in horror as little petty tyrants and fascists just like you from the Ohio National Guard murdered students at Kent State. Yeah, we know who you are. This is the USA, Land of Liberty, Land of the Free, and we will expose every last one of you tools and punks, all the way from the bottom to the top we will bring you down.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Yeah....some hero....

      Typical Liberal position. He's a traitor and a loser. Can't wait until they sentence the g-blade life in prison. It's a no-no to do what he did.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Alpha Male

      you've spoke your opinion, now do the dishes

      December 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • jasonroyal73

      Please suck start a pistol the world would be a better place....I hear peanut butter helps.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

      No, part of that oath included following lawful orders, which in turn included protecting classified information.

      Manning - if he is guilty - had a massive failgasm.

      If we had enough "patriots" and "heroes" of the type you worship, this country would be well on the road to ruin.

      Perhaps you have heard a cliche that starts, "With friends like these..."?

      December 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Cindi

      Unfortunately, it looks like I have to be the one to inform you-–you calling yourself " Liberty Freedom ", but, it is the military--the soldiers, in which includes my own son, that gives you the very blanket of freedom that you sleep and rise under. The military is all about--for the better of the good. PFC Manning has not in anyway, provided your freedom. He's locked up, because he's not a hero, he's not a true patriot either. You need to clean the crap out of your eyes.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Bo Diidley Bop

      The "hero" is a zero. Only fruits, nuts and vegetables see it otherwise. Protected class citizens – different rules?

      December 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  8. Don Cooper

    As a former Army Security Agency German linguist, I applaud Bradley Manning and condemn the military for its treatment of him. If I were in a position, I'd give him a promotion and a medal. Who should be facing trial? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the other neo-cons who lied us into the invasion, destruction and occupation of a nation that had nothing to do with 9-11 or WMDs. So what if Saddam Hussein were a tyrant - that was the problem of Iraqis, not impotent old white guys like Cheney and Rumsfeld. Dissent often is the highest form of true patriotism.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

      Hi Don, making up titles? Whatever.

      If you are familiar with classified information at all, you know how deeply wrong you are.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Reply
    • Bo Diidley Bop

      Yeah, a real patriot.

      December 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  9. lovethedifferentcommentsystemsCNN

    free the man

    December 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

      Why? He's been charged; that has to be resolved first.

      December 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
  10. FlopFlipper

    Is anyone ever found Not Guilty by a military court?

    December 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • svann

      yes

      December 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

      Of course.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Bo Diidley Bop

      Not protected class citizens, who get to serve only because their Moms on Capital Hill says they can.

      December 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  11. Cassandra Chu

    ... this soldier is actually a hero. he saw the bigger picture and helped us all out. he did more for the Country than our entire State Department combined! Give him and award and a lifetime pension!

    December 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • CD

      AMEN! Why are people so blind?

      December 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • DHS

        They are creatures of habit and comfort. Watch what happens when their habits and comforts are taken away... Give it a few months.

        December 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Mike

      Hero? Anyone who divulges classified material he/she is entrusted with is NOT a hero in any way, shape, or form. The correct term is traitor.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • Liberty Queen

        Hey Mikey, you are the traitor. The Constitution supercedes any other construct or law created by the government. Individual freedom and sovereignty supercedes the interests of nation-states, read corporate carpetbaggers. You, Mikey, are a TRAITOR to our Constitution and PFC Bradley Manning is a HERO and PATRIOT for exposing the very evil you promulgate. You are nothing but a tool and punk for global bullies, gunrunners and pimps.

        December 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt

        And you are a liar, "Liberty" Queen.

        Read the Constitution. It defines treason. It requires more than expressing an opinion someone else disagree with.

        December 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  12. CD

    Are you serious? A) are you naive enough to believe that Manning released ALL OF THESE by himself? B) Have you read what was released? C) Remember a thing called the constitution? No, our government doesn't either.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  13. meangene52

    Why all the fuss? Just give him a trial and hang him. They are making this way too hard.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra Chu

      ... why hang a HERO. he's the only one who delivered on Obama's campaign promise for "transparency". enough with the secrecy and lies... they make us all less safe.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • scooter

        I am sure that if you were a soldier serving on foreign soil you wouldn't feel very safe about classified documents being released, how can people be so naive as to believe that the government and the army can divulge everything to us and not have important information end up in the hands of those who would harm our citizens, or members of our armed forces? I can't even tell a coworker what I did last weekend without everyone knowing. Absolute ignorance, the constitution does not mention a right to stupidity!

        December 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • DHS

      Libby and Cheney leaked a CIA agent's name....

      Bradley Manning exposed war crimes. NO DAMAGE has been done from Manning due to this, other than the ability of US to hide its laws. People are awake now. We've crossed the rubicon. Your comment will be proven to be on the wrong side of history.

      December 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  14. Danram

    They oughta stand the miserable S.O.B. up against a wall and shoot him for treason.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Liberty Queen

      Hey Danny, YOU are the TRAITOR. PFC Bradley Manning is a true Patriot and Hero and upheld his Oath to Protect and Defend our Constitution. Of course, We The People are much more enlightened than you are and unlike you, we wouldn't shoot you for your wayward fascist ideas.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  15. rick1948

    What a waste of court time. Just take this traitor out to the base gate and put a bullet in his head. I'm sure there will be no shortage of volunteers. If there is, just give me a call.

    December 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • kude

      amen to that

      December 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Lawl

      So quick to abandon the Constitution are we?

      December 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        Please point out the section of the Constitution which allows someone to divulge classified information. And don't even start with the 1st Amendment. When it's labeled Secret (or above) it means exactly that.

        December 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Snoot

      I hope he walks. If for no other reason than to enjoy watching gawd and country bumpkins such as yourself go even further off the deep end. And by the way, if you're in such a hurry to shoot someone you should consider starting with yourself.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Cassandra Chu

      he's not a traitor. he's a true patriot. he did the right thing. he's more red-white-and-blue than the lemming-morons who do the CIA's illegal bidding.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • ZykPysk

        You're a complete idiot. I bet you think life is supposed to be "fair" too..go back to your fantasy world. Like Nicholson said, "you can't handle the truth".

        December 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Liberty Queen

      Hey Rickyboy, you are the TRAITOR. PFC Bradley Manning is the man and PATRIOT you will never be. Tell ya what, mr. triggerhappy, do us all a favor and just shoot your wack-job self.

      December 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Bo Diidley Bop

        Bad things can happen to chickens in prison. We can only dream....:o)

        December 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm |

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