Supporters of Bradley Manning held a demonstration today before his hearing at Fort Meade. /PHOTO CHAD BOUCHARD/
Fort Meade–A military judge on Wednesday said that Bradley Manning’s motive for allegedly leaking documents could not be considered during his June 3rd trial, but that his defense may try to prove that Manning chose documents whose release, he believed, would not harm the U.S.
Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified files, the largest leak of its kind in U.S. history, while working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. He faces 22 charges including aiding the enemy – which carries a life sentence.
Judge Colonel Denise Lind said that only Manning’s intent, not his motive, would be allowed in arguments surrounding the most serious charge.
Lind likened the situation to that of a man who steals a loaf of bread to feed his family: what matters is that he knowingly took something that wasn’t his, not that he did so in order to nurture others.
Nathan Fuller, spokesman for the Bradley Manning Support Network, called the ruling “a direct attack on [Manning’s] whistle-blower defense.” [Full Article]
Joanne and Jim Haseltine in 2010. The Haseltines are replacing the drywall in their River Wilderness home at their own expense, because their builder has refused to do anything about the problem. / PHOTO: MIKE LANG FOR SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE.
WASHINGTON – For nearly four years, victims of contaminated Chinese-made drywall have sought help from the federal government to solve a problem that has wreaked havoc in thousands of homes across the country.
On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a new law aimed at the tainted drywall. The law, passed in the waning hours of the 112th Congress, seeks to implement standards to prevent future problems with bad drywall.
But a 100Reporters review of the legislation shows that the law is unlikely to provide relief to current and potential victims of contaminated drywall. It does little to prevent the sale of tainted homes to unsuspecting buyers. Absent from the law are meaningful standards to insure that new drywall – both imported and domestically produced – does not release potentially hazardous levels of sulfur gases. [Full Article]
100Voices: Vijay Anand from 100Reporters on Vimeo.
Vijay Anand is the founder of Fifth Pillar of India, a grassroots corruption watchdog that uses the power of a collective message to stand up against street-level graft. The group’s message to public officials: ask for a bribe and you’re asking for trouble.
In this 100Voices video, Anand talks about the “Zero Rupee Note,” a small piece of paper citizens can hand out when asked for a bribe. He says this seemingly small gesture is proving surprisingly effective.
Anand spoke at Transparency International’s 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasília in November. He was interviewed by 100Reporters’ Chad Bouchard.
Trial was postponed for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with “aiding the enemy” for allegedly leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. / U.S. ARMY PHOTO
A military judge has put off the trial of Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, for another three months, to allow defense and prosecution more time to read the leaked files and prepare their cases.
The trial had been set for March, but has now moved to June 3rd, with a plea hearing on February 26th. The move comes as Manning approaches his 1,000th day in jail since his arrest in May 2010, and just before a hearing next week on whether the case should be thrown out due to sluggish progress.
The announcement chaffed a handful of Manning supporters who attended the hearing.
The delay was “an indication that somebody doesn’t have their act together,” said Bill Wagner, a 74-year-old retired NASA employee, during a brief recess outside the courtroom. “It’s so unfair,” Wagner added.
Manning faces 22 charges, including “aiding the enemy” — which could mean life in prison if the court finds him guilty. [Full Article]
100Voices: Sely Martini from 100Reporters on Vimeo.
Sely Martini believes the fight against corruption in Indonesia begins at home. The 34-year-old mother of two is a deputy coordinator with the country’s top anti-corruption watchdog, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). She says mothers and young people represent the nation’s best hope to rise above its legacy of graft, which took root decades ago under former dictator Suharto.
ICW is a network of law experts and campaign volunteers that fights corruption on many fronts, from petty bribery to land grabs, illegal logging, embezzlement and buying votes on election day. The group works closely with the country’s anti-corruption court, known as the KPK, to build cases against corrupt officials and root out Indonesia’s entrenched networks of graft.
In this 100Voices video, Sely talks about Indonesia’s precarious future, and her passion for justice against a culture of impunity.
Sely spoke at Transparency International’s 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasília last month. She was interviewed by 100Reporters’ Chad Bouchard.