Secret Witnesses in Bradley Manning Trial

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In addition to the secret testimony of John Doe, there will be three other secret witnesses for the trial of Bradley Manning called 1, 11, and 22 and their testimony will be classified as ‘Secret’.

Their testimony will concern the so-called ‘CIA Red Cell Memos’ which are titled Afghanistan: Sustaining Western Support for Nato-Led Mission: Why Counting on Apathy May Not Be Enough , What if Foreigners See the United States as an Exporter of Terrorism?, and Wikileaks.org–An Online Reference to Foreign Intellgience Services, Insurgents, or Terrorist Groups?

These documents were the only ones released that coincided with his time in Iraq where he leaked them.

According to Judge Lind, these documents were not lawfully public and that it could jeopardize the witness safety as well as harm national security. However, it is also unconstitutional at least in theory and according to the sixth amendment

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

 

The United States cannot hope to make exceptions to the constitution and expect that everything will go their way without question.

 

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