Military judge rejects dismissing charges in WikiLeaks case
April 25th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Military judge rejects dismissing charges in WikiLeaks case

A military judge denied a request Wednesday to dismiss all the charges against the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq.

The charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning include aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, transmitting national defense information and theft of public property or records.

His trial date is set for September 21. He could go to prison for life if convicted.

In asking the court to dismiss all charges, Manning's lawyer alleged "widespread discovery violations" by military prosecutors, but the judge, Col. Denise Lind, rejected the dismissal motion.

Manning's lead lawyer, David Coombs, argued this week that because prosecutors did not understand the discovery rules, he and his fellow attorneys have not been given information that could help in Manning's defense.

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  1. Constitution is Sufficient

    The Department of Homeland Security is not constitutional.
    The Patriot Act must be revoked.
    The Executive Branch and the Justice Department have substantially intruded into our personal safety and dignity taking up the role of the criminal instead while wearing an official badge.

    We cannot sustain these intrusions as a nation.
    We cannot support this whole concept of violating liberty.

    American citizens really do have authority over these agents and it is time now to start enforcing our laws as they are.

    These officers and agents are taking excessive authority which they do not possess.

    Time to gather our militia – United States National Guard and bring them home where they are supposed to be to defend civilians from these extreme impositions against our safety.

    These officers are acting criminally.

    The United States National Guard is not compelled to provide Miranda warnings but may take criminally-acting officers into custody (if they are lucky) or shoot to defend the lives of peaceful civilians if they are being molested or offended.

    That is what the law of the land says.
    Do it.

    We are losing our precious rights and dignity.
    This is a national security threat.
    The Constitution of the United States is sufficient and supports this to the last letter of the law.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,,

      The sheep don't care. Plus they're incredibly stupid.

      April 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  2. Rodger

    I say keep them all honest. Government today is all behind closed doors and everything nasty falls under executive privilige. The truth never hurt the innocent.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
  3. Sydney

    I'm looking forward to the day when all you doubters will finally realize that the bible is true and accurate bercause believeme, that day is coming and you will wish you had studied the bible and found out what it really teaches and followed it's advice. But till that day comes, go ahead and doubt, but I will believe and follow the bibles instructions and counsel untill my last breath, and will be happier and have peace of mind doing so !! By the way, the bible teaches that our actions bring results and this guy needs to suffer from the actions he committed.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:11 am | Reply
    • Hooligan

      so you are looking forward to the day you can gloat?

      Is that not one of the 7 deadly sins? Pride?

      April 26, 2012 at 5:04 am | Reply
      • jesus martinez

        Isn't douchaggery one of the deadly sins??? if so, you are in a lot of trouble.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:52 am |
    • Trevor

      You as a person of faith are to 1st a foremost ensure that your relationship is "right" with God. In addition like Hooligan said, you're motivation seems to be to say "I told you so and I can't wait to prove I'm correct"...that's your primary "motivation"? I hope for your sake it isn't. Finally, you're not to be judge AND jury and as a true person of faith, should find NO COMFORT or PEACE in witnessing someone that sinned "suffer"...if you do recall from your claimed knowledge of the Bible: Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord (Romans 12:19).

      April 26, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
    • Mike

      'its' not it's. It's means "it is." Its is the possessive of 'it.'

      I'm pretty sure that's in the bible somewhere.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • Nicholai

      If you believe the bible to be true and accurate, then you must believe in supernatural fairy tales. -_-

      April 26, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • stateschool

      "bercause believeme?" Really? I don't think even Jeebus would believe you.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
  4. mmi16

    He disclosed classified information without the authority to do so. Guilty as charged.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
    • HPNIII

      Agreed, straight forward and simple, he put the lives of others at risk. Stupidity is not a defense.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
  5. DE

    Manning would be an "ok" guy if he had vetted all the data himself. He didn't. In not vetting the data himself and making sure that all he was putting out was non-dangerous material he put the lives of Americans in danger. Yes, America commits war crimes. War as a whole is basically one big crime that is unfortunately essential to the human condition. Americans at least use ROE and some other concepts to minimize collateral damage. I personally didn't see anything in "collateral murder" that shocked me. It was just war. Bad things happen in war.

    This whole business was just a desperate plea for attention by wikileaks and honestly it should result in some prosecution for people like Manning who had signed agreements to keep state secrets. If manning was a civilian who found this data on an old hard drive it would be one thing, but he was a soldier. I mean I understand whistle blowing it's just that states do essentially have secrets. Now that has been created is a stronger system to guard those secrets.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
  6. Patrick

    He is our modern day "Clayton Lonetree."

    April 26, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  7. fred

    Tom-
    "All he did was expose the lies of corrupt politicians and weapons manufactures who want to arm the Earth while they all sit back dining with each other and profiting from the carnage of young people everywhere being trained to kill and die in wars which they have no vested interest in"

    The verb "exposing" is exactly what is against the law, that is, releasing information when you have no authority to. It is not up to him to decide anything. It is up to him to report something to proper authorities and not release information to the public, no matter what the reason. The rest of your run-on sentence about politicians and weapons manufacturers dining and such is dribble.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  8. Hooligan

    It amazes me that everyone here calling him a traitor and the like seem to forget that in our own American History during the Revolution ALL the "Founding Fathers" were also considered traitors by Loyalists to the King much like you "God fearing proud citizens of the U.S. OF A" accuse this man.

    Pot calling the kettle black

    April 26, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Shane

      So does that mean that James Wilks Booth wasn't a traitor?

      April 26, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
      • Hooligan

        J Wilkes booth Shot Lincoln in the head.

        This man did not shoot Bush OR Obama in the head. You are not making a compelling argument.

        April 26, 2012 at 2:02 am |
      • Hooligan

        Are you ret@rded??

        It's an irrelevant question because it has nothing to do with this topic.

        April 26, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Commojoe53

      This little Wikipunk needs to be shot for disseminating classified information during wartime; it's as simple as that.

      April 26, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      And I bet most people of the United States (including myself) would have no problem with a British citizen calling our Founding Fathers "traitors"...most of us would have been shoulder to shoulder with them and would have said "proud to betray the British?...Absolutely!". If you agree with the technical term "traitor" and have no problem with what Manning did, people calling him a "traitor" shouldn't "amaze" or bother you in the least...

      April 26, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
  9. eroteme

    If he is acquitted I wonder if he might be welcomed to run for public office as a good liberal Democrat.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  10. eroteme

    If he is acquitted I wonder if he might welcomed to run for public office as a good liberal Democrat.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  11. Tom

    We invaded Iraq because of 9/11 even though according to one of Bush's own generals "invading Iraq for 9/11 would have been like invading Mexico for Pear Harbor!" And we invaded Iraq because we had "intelligence reports" that they had WMD even though none were ever found. And even though we have more WMD than any other two countries on the face of the Earth and don't want any other country or U.N. teams inspecting our weapons industries. Add to that that our country was responsible for putting Sadam into power to begin with and gave him the nerve gas to use on Iran...like it really maters whether a victim of that kind of obscene weapon is an Iranian or Iraqi child. Manning is no spy much less a criminal by any stretch of the imagination. All he did was expose the lies of corrupt politicians and weapons manufactures who want to arm the Earth while they all sit back dining with each other and profiting from the carnage of young people everywhere being trained to kill and die in wars which they have no vested interest in. And while it sometimes does take courage to die for a cause just as often it takes courage to live for one...and in the long run wheither everyone agrees on it or not Manning will have saved far more lives than those war mongers and chicken hawks who want to send one generation after another into one endless war after another.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      Thank you, Tom.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • stateschool

      If Manning thought he stumbled across something that violated our Constitution, then it would have been his duty to report it. Instead, he randomly exposed our secrets to the world (many of which had nothing to do with the war in Iraq), which is an act of treason.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
  12. USAALL DAY

    LONG LIVE THE USA! THIS TRAITOR NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR LIFE!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      I HOPE HE WALKS. THEN I'LL SIT BACK AND WATCH ALL YOU MOUTH-BREATHING, KNUCKLE-DRAGGING, WAR-MONGERING CHICKENHAWK 'PATRIOTS' LOSE YOUR COLLECTIVE SHIT. IT WILL PUT AN EAR TO EAR SMILE ACROSS MY FACE. NOW, IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME, I GOTTA GO TAKE A SHIT AND WIPE MY ASS WITH THE FLAG.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • Tom

        They are not going to let him go. That is the really horrific thing. The guy deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor for the courage it took for him to do what he did. Instead he is now standing in judgement before the very forces of hatred that he stood up against. Which is why I can not stand any bleeding heart liberals who give him all their meaningless verbal support while managing to still pay their fucking war taxes and not doing some serious time of their own trying to close down all the WMD industries that impregnate this land of the free. A land that has more people in prison than any dictatorship in the world. A land which gave birth to a eugenics program which the Nazis based their sterilization program on and IBM which did the numbering system for the tattoos that the Nazis used. Thing that gets me is that if just 1 out of a 1,000 liberals did something like what Manning has done and put their own bodies where their mouths are..we would see changes regarding war EVERYWHERE with in hours.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
      • Trevor

        Tom- He swore allegiance to the United States Army on a BINDING CONTRACT, turns around and breaks one of its key provisions/conditions and he gets a "pass"...better yet he gets a medal?...not to mention the fact that the punishment for breaking this key "provision/condition" is possible death and is CLEARLY stated in the contract and is binding. Ignorance of the law and to what you "sign" your name on is NO EXCUSE...what planet are you from exactly?

        April 26, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Tom

      You must be British. Someone send a letter to deceased General Washington to tell him we have a Tori in our mist calling for the imprisonment of another member of the Minuteman Militia that the enemy has on trial for courage.. And be sure to get a warrant for USAALL DAY's arrest based on intelligence reports that he's a danger to himself and others for thinking that real bravery...comes out of verbiage hiding behind some meaningless flag. ANY flag.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Hooligan

      That's exactly what the Colonists loyal to King George the 3rd said too funnily enough.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
  13. Nancy

    All I know is Cheney is afraid to leave the country now. He knows he may not make it back.. So who's the traitor?

    April 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  14. judge

    Here is the verdict. The guy is going to rot in jail. Someone needs to take the blame for this crap. Case closed. Now who is down to go to Colombia with me and bang some prostitutes. Who is with me?

    April 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • Nancy

      You're welcome to take BHO with you.

      April 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
      • Billy

        Why? Too much cock for you to handle, sweetheart?

        April 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  15. john smiith

    CNN should be ashamed to post a picture of him in uniform

    April 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • the white hat supporter

      no he should be ashamed to be wearing a uniform for the war mongering murderous bunch of devilish monsters. the military is a corrupt scumbag organization and should be turned over to sheriff joe to pick up their pink uniforms for all the war crimes that have been commited by this bunch in the name of america.you are probably fat obess and from kansa ok,or miss.

      April 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • Billy

      Suck my dick, john smiith.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  16. fred4945

    CLINTON: Traitors are those who spy for an enemy, or directly help an enemy kill our citizens. If Manning has done either, the government should prove that. They haven't even claimed facts which show that. He didn't work for an enemy; he worked for the public benefit.

    Manning is charged with revealing information which embarrassed our diplomats and - more importantly - exposed dishonesty by international businesses, exposed two-faced conduct by other countries, and exposed international leaders' personal misconduct.

    You think that's worthy of life in prison, or execution?!? Only a fool would believe that. Are you a fool, Clinton?

    As Samuel Johnson said in 1775, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel".

    Most of the case against Manning is that he exposed a number of scoundrels. False patriots are very good at wrapping themselves in the flag and screaming for revenge when our embarrassing failures are exposed. A true patriot loves his country enough to face unpleasant truths about our misconduct and try to correct it. I say Manning served the patriot' cause.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • CTYank

      It's purely not his business to release this information, and he knew it. So now, he can walk, into a cell in Leavenworth.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  17. BooseyBoo

    He's screwed!!

    April 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  18. Thor the Badass Thunder God

    Hang him, this idealistic crybaby has no doubt cost US lives somewhere. WImps like this are a disgrace to the uniform

    April 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Choad

      Such as the one you'll never wear?

      April 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • philzilla

        I agree with Thor and wore the uniform, what now fucktard?

        April 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Choad

        What now? Big fucking deal, what now. Wear a fucking dress for all I care.

        April 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • J.T.

        Manning should walk as a wistleblower. Had they listened earlier to his complaints he would not have disclosed all the low level intelligence.

        And yes, I wore the uniform as well. Big deal.

        April 26, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  19. Snoot

    I hope he walks.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  20. Joseph

    Israel needs to be the focus here.

    We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…

    PUT BOOTS IN IRAN!!

    Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

    If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

    Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Just why the fuck do you think we're still in Afghanistan? Look at a map and you'll suddenly see that Afghanistan has many US bases on it's border with Iran, that's is no coincidence. By the way, you'll get nowhere pretending to be a Jew, you Arab scumbag.

      April 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • judge

        This is too funny and emotional. lol, btw the the real reason we are in afgan ter is to control heroin trafficking. Simply said, if it doesn't make money, the it doesn't make sense.

        April 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • A real American

      Hey Joseph you forget one big thing god never said what the jews were chosen for!!! Maybe they were chosen to show the world what happens to greedy evil bankers...

      April 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • Rita

      The bible is a jewish fairy tale, idiot. Too many Americans have shed blood and life for israel.They don't have a freiend in the world except the US and we should end that as well.

      April 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  21. Clinton

    This man should be charged as being a traitor. Idiots talk about this guy as if he did this great thing by making many US secrets public... as if he's just a "keeping them honest" kind of guy.... are you really that dumb? Providing classified material to not only the public but ANYONE including our enemies is nothing less than Treason. This man should not only be prosecuted for the crimes listed above, but he should also be charged with being a traitor to the United States and a convicted traitor in war time should be put to death in my opinion. He sold us all out, especially the Men and Women in Uniform around him. He could have caused the deaths of countless servicemen... he deserves no less than a traitors death.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • ,,,,,,,,,

      You do know that the bible is bullshit, right?

      April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
      • WWBMD

        The Bible is bullshit? Crap, what other info are you privy too? Future lotto numbers, world series winners? And why do you hate America so much? Welfare checks not hittin the box fast enough?

        April 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm |

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