23 November 2011

Release of Information Statement

In an effort to address concerns over transparency in the upcoming Article 32 hearing and possible court-martial of PFC Manning, our office will ensure that accurate and timely information is made available to the public.

Any public release by the defense is limited only as necessary to safeguard PFC Manning's right to a fair trial or to protect other legitimate government interests. All released information pertaining to the case is reviewed for compliance with issued protective orders and clearance requirements prior to release.

22 November 2011

Defense of PFC Manning

Recent accounts in the media regarding defense tactics, strategy, or intended courses of action at the Article 32 hearing are inaccurate. A pretrial hearing is not the appropriate venue for the defense to reveal its case. Instead, this hearing provides the defense with an opportunity to test the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government's case and to obtain needed pretrial discovery.

The defense appreciates those who choose to support PFC Manning. However, these individuals or organizations should not be treated as official sources of information regarding his legal defense. All official statements will come through public releases from this office.

21 November 2011

Article 32 Hearing

The Article 32 hearing for PFC Bradley Manning will begin on December 16, 2011 at Fort Meade, Maryland. The hearing is expected to last approximately five days. With the exception of those limited times where classified information is being discussed, the hearing will be open to the public.

The primary purpose of the Article 32 hearing is to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government's case as well as to provide the defense with an opportunity to obtain pretrial discovery. The defense is entitled to call witnesses during the hearing and to also cross examine the government's witnesses. Each witness who testifies is placed under oath; their testimony can therefore be used during the trial for impeachment purposes or as prior testimony should the witness become unavailable.

Our office is committed to providing the best representation for PFC Manning during this upcoming hearing. Achieving this goal is the sole focus of the lawyers, experts, and administrative staff working on this case. Given our focus, we will not be granting any media interviews or responding to any media inquiries. However, recognizing the public's interest and the growing support for PFC Manning, we will be issuing regular public releases. The goal of these releases is to keep PFC Manning's supporters informed and to assist the media in providing accurate information about this case.