For Immediate Release
Prosecution Handed Over Hundreds More Quantico Emails
WASHINGTON - At PFC Bradley Manning’s latest motion hearing at Ft. Meade, MD, on October 17-18, Judge Denise Lind announced that she’d told the prosecution to hand over all but 12 of the approximately 700 remaining emails regarding Bradley’s abusive treatment at the Quantico Marine Brig.
“The last set of emails revealed that a three-star general had directed Bradley’s treatment at Quantico,” Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network noted. “These new emails could uncover further complicity and more details about the ways in which the military abused Bradley.”
Later in this week’s proceedings, the defense agreed to prepare a questionnaire, and the prosecution agreed to respond with an affidavit, to discern whether the government was sufficiently diligent in providing Bradley with a speedy trial, instead of calling dozens of the defense’s proposed witnesses. The prosecution says many of its delays stem from various government agencies taking months to provide classification reviews, but the defense says this doesn’t justify violating Bradley’s fundamental right to a speedy trial.
The parties will return to court October 30-November 2 to hear the government’s speedy trial witnesses, and then December 10-14 to continue the defense portion of that motion. In between those sessions, they’ll litigate the defense’s motion to dismiss based on Bradley’s treatment at Quantico, from November 27 to December 2.
Bradley Manning’s civilian legal defense team led by David Coombs is funded by a grassroots network, the Bradley Manning Support Network. Bradley’s court martial is currently scheduled to begin February 4, 2013.