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No deaths linked to Manning war logs leak – witness

Published time: August 01, 2013 08:55
Edited time: August 01, 2013 08:25
U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted into court for the first day of the sentencing phase in his military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland July 31, 2013.(Reuters / James Lawler Duggan)

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted into court for the first day of the sentencing phase in his military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland July 31, 2013.(Reuters / James Lawler Duggan)

No deaths have been connected to the leak of US war logs by Pfc. Bradley Manning, a prosecution witness confirmed. The soldier is facing up to 136 years in prison after been found guilty of 20 espionage-related charges.

It could take until August 23 for the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, to render a punishment for Manning. Prosecution is expected to call up to 20 witnesses, while defense plans to summon as many as 24 to the stand. Each side will address the soldier’s motives in leaking a trove of 700,000 war logs, diplomatic cables and other files to the anti-secrecy site.

Prosecutors have been arguing that Manning’s classified leaks have changed the way that the US military allows its intelligence analysts to access data. Major Ashden Fein, said on Wednesday that Manning's leaks “have impacted the entire system.”

The first witness, Brigadier General Robert Carr, claimed that allowing its young analysts to have access to classified information was “hugely important” to the US military. He said he was “absolutely” certain that US adversaries could use the information Manning had revealed.

But when asked by the defense whether any individual listed in the Afghanistan war logs was killed after the leak, Carr said his task force found no such cases.

The Taliban had claimed the killing of one Afghan man after reading the logs, but his name was not among the materials leaked by Manning, the witness said. Lind said she would not take into account the testimony about that death.

It has been established that Manning will get 1,274 days off his final sentence for pre-trial confinement. This includes 1,162 days of pre-trial detention and 112 days sentencing credit for unlawful pretrial punishment  after being forced to suffer treatment in Quantico deemed "cruel and inhuman" by a UN torture chief.

The defense has suggested that Manning himself may even be called as a witness as his sentence is calculated. He previously spoke at a pre-trial hearing of his wish to expose faulty US policies, stating that he did not believe he would harm his country. However, he did not testify over the course of the two month-long trial itself.

The alleged damage that Manning’s leak did will be taken into consideration before determining his sentence. US officials said the consequences of the publication could be dire, citing the discovery of some of the materials at Osama bin Laden’s compound. A Pentagon review later suggested those fears may have been blown out of proportion.

Twelve of the 20 counts which Manning had been found guilty of carry maximum sentences of 10 years each in prison. Lind may not hand out the maximum allowable sentence on each count, and also has the power to rule that Manning will serve out his sentences concurrently rather than consecutively.

Supporters of the leaker are concerned that even though he was acquitted of aiding the enemy, a charge which would sent him to jail for life, a harsh sentence would still be tantamount to a life term for Manning.

Comments (19)

 

Mitchell Timothy Finn 04.08.2013 13:04

The only people who have put American lives at risk are Bush Cheney and now Obama. Bradley manning neeeds to be freed or there are going to be a lot of problems FAR worse than what we see before us today. We don't belong in those countries to begin with and the false flags they keep creating aren't working Russia and China are sick of the US sticking their nose in other countries business. You get what you put out back at you KARMA is for everyone. The US should be humilated at what they do and the people they kill it is shameful. WAKE UP FREE BRADLEY MANNING

 

Donna 02.08.2013 15:19

When you report wrong doings you should not go punished . Our government should have acted on the perpetrators of the act, not the one reporting it . President Obama who else should he reported it to ? The same people that committed the act . Most of our military have gone to Iraq under the pretense of freeing a suppressed nation and soon found they were lied to. Get our men and woman home and end this war !

 

Joshua Nixon 01.08.2013 15:43

@Dylan, yes they consider American citizens the enemy. Its why they want to use drones domestically on American soil. The United States is the biggest violator of human rights. Its not espionage or treason what Manning did. In actuality he abided by the international laws. Laws of armed conflict and the geneva conventions. The US is one of the hundreds of countries who signed to the dotted line to implement those laws. They teach law of armed conflict and geneva conventions in the military. So Manning was basically crucified for showing the world and America how evil our government is and held them accountable.

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