Audio from Bradley Manning posted on internet
March 12th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Audio from Bradley Manning posted on internet

By Carol Cratty and Larry Shaughnessy

Audio of Pfc. Bradley Manning telling a military court that he provided classified information to the WikiLeaks website has been posted on the Internet by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

"This marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning," the group said in a statement Monday.

Access to the military court proceedings for Manning is limited, and observers are not allowed to use recording devices. The foundation did not say how it obtained the audio but complained that the proceedings should be available to the public.

"By releasing this audio recording, we wish to make sure that the voice of this generation's most prolific whistle-blower can be heard - literally - by the world," said the group's statement.

The military does not view Manning, 25, as a whistle-blower. It alleges he is responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

On February 28 he pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him and faces up to two decades in jail. In that proceeding, Manning spent more than an hour reading a statement explaining his actions. He said he passed on information that "upset" or "disturbed" him but didn't give Wikileaks anything he thought would harm the United States if it were made public.

In the audio released by the foundation, Manning reads in an unrushed manner.

"Manning's actions should be seen as an overdue sliver of sunlight into an overly secret system rather than as a basis for prosecution seeking decades of imprisonment," the group said in its statement.

The Army released a statement saying it has informed the military judge in Manning's case that the rules of the court were violated. "The U.S. Army is currently reviewing the procedures set in place to safeguard the security and integrity of the legal proceedings, and ensure Pfc. Manning receives a fair and impartial trial," the Army said.

The U.S. military first detained Manning in May 2010 for allegedly leaking U.S. combat video - including a U.S. helicopter gunship attack posted on WikiLeaks - and classified State Department cables.

In this statement to the court, Manning said he initially contacted the Washington Post and the New York Times to provide information. Manning said he either wasn't taken seriously or ended up just getting voice mail, so he gave the information to WikiLeaks.

"I believed if the public was aware of the data, it would start a public debate of the wars," Manning told the court.

Manning did not plead guilty to the most serious charges against him, including violating the Espionage Act and aiding the United States' enemies. Manning's court-martial on those charges is scheduled to begin June 3.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. oath_of_honuor

    Traitor is the only way to describe Pfc. Bradley Manning. There is a way to deal with this had he believed as he claims channels to be taken. Instead Pfc. Manning violated his oath and betrayed his brothers of arms bringing disgrace upon the service and himself. No two ways about it Bradley Manning broke the law and failed to follow his oath, his contract, his duty, and his service. Had he believed as he claimed to be an act he could not stand by on he should have followed the law and protections they guaranteed not betrayed his nation. Do not believe me look up Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

    March 14, 2013 at 2:35 am | Reply
    • Flanmin

      If Bradley Manning is a traitor (aiding the ennemy) for giving the world info on how the US army was committing crimes against humanity, then humanity is the ennemy of the US army. This is not about him being a hero or a felon.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:04 am | Reply
  2. RetiredVet

    Manning is a traitor that gave classified information to Wikilinks, he is being tried in a military court because he is in the US Army, so he is under UCMJ law. He isn't a "hero or whistle blower" he is a traitor, who will fet life in a military prison or death.

    March 13, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • goat

      Your definition of a traitor is someone who blows the whistle on innocent civilians being killed. Just thought you should know that.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
  3. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Your wife loves American cok

      March 13, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
  4. BethlehemSteel7

    He is a hero

    March 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • shalomdeborah

      Bradley Manning is a man of true courage to expose what has been consistently denounced in THE SOUTH, countries in ASIA, the MIddle East & Latin America: military aggression that serves not the interest of the ordinary North Americans but the super-rich/capitalists that control their economy, and even politics and MEDIA. What ordinary soldiers have been made to believe as a fight for their nation is really a march in the interest of this trans national super-ELITES of oil,pharmaceutical, GLOBAL Food industries,foreign exchange,etc. Through the CIA, they have undermined the integrity of nations and regions like what we are now seeing in the Middle East. The Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century, successfully staging a revolution against Spain, was taken over by the U.S. on a staged encounter by the US Military–one that started the Philippine-American War. The First American Massacre ensued not long after, in Samar. Many more US Military lmassacre of civilians like in Vietnam , are recorded in history. Consistently, they were justified as having been done in the interest of US security. Manning's expose is ONE BOLD ACT that must be commended by NETIZENs. We must unite to lobby for his freedom.

      March 13, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • RetiredVet

      He isn't a hero,he is a traitor.

      March 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  5. Mark

    I am wondering why CNN – which I presume is a news organization – has not, as near as I can tell, linked to the audio.

    Perhaps, I am missing something, either the link or that CNN is a journalistic news organization, one or the other.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Agree Mark, if CNN is in the business of providing news they need to get on the job. This is pivotal. Here 's some angles I'd like to know more about
      1) why is a secret grand jury gathering info on Wikileaks / Assange?
      2) why was Bradley Manning tortured?
      3)how can Obama allow Manning's treatment and trial when he ran for election saying he supported greater transparency in government and whistleblowers?

      March 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  6. SecretSquirrel

    The only sounds I want to hear related to manning are the gunshots of the firing squad.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • BethlehemSteel7

      Be quiet. He is trying to expose what is wrong with this government. Why hasn't CNN reported this more you may ask? They're paid off by the Gov't

      March 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Nicole

      You're a bloodthirsty idiot. Enjoy drinking your media-fed Kool-Aid.

      Manning is a hero for exposing what is legally, morally, and ethically wrong with the government.

      March 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
      • SecretSquirrel

        I am bloosthirsty, but I'm no idiot :)

        March 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
      • SecretSquirrel

        Bradley Manning is a traitor, and the price of treason is death. It is clear cut. Whether you agree with the reasoning behind his treason or not is irrelevant.

        March 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
      • SecretSquirrel

        Take, for example, Herbert Hans Haupt. He was a traitor to the United States during WWII and was therefore executed. It makes no difference that Nazis would have considered him to be a "hero."

        March 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • NotARealDoctor

      If the price of treason is death, then the entire US Government should be executed.

      March 13, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply

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