11 March 2013

PFC Bradley Manning's Statement

The Defense has been given permission to publish a redacted version of the statement PFC Manning read during his providence inquiry on 28 February 2013 where he pled guilty to certain lesser included offenses. 

PFC Manning wrote his statement over the course of several days while in pretrial confinement.  Although the confinement facility authorized PFC Manning access to a computer to type the statement, he was not permitted to save any information on the computer.  This restriction required PFC Manning to print whatever he had typed at the end of each day.  Accordingly, there are several pages where the typed information ends prior to the bottom of the page.   

04 March 2013

PFC Manning's Written Statement in Support of his Guilty Plea

Our office is in the process of obtaining approval to release the statement PFC Manning read to the Court in support of his providence inquiry on 28 February 2013.  As with every Defense filing, the statement will be reviewed and redacted prior to publication.  An alternative transcription of PFC Manning's statement is currently available from journalist Alexa O'Brien and also at the Bradley Manning Support Network

On 28 February 2013, the Military Judge accepted PFC Manning's plea of guilty to certain lesser included offenses, which carry a maximum sentence of twenty years of confinement.  Through his plea of guilty, PFC Manning has accepted responsibility for his actions of releasing information to Wikileaks. 

PFC Manning did not plead guilty pursuant to a "plea bargain" or "plea deal" with the Government.  Despite his plea, the Government has indicated it will prosecute PFC Manning on the remaining charges.  The Defense will vigorously contest these charges at trial, which is currently scheduled to begin on 3 June 2013.