Lawyers for accused Army whistleblower Bradley Manning have opened their defense at his military court-martial with a bid to dismiss a number of charges, including aiding the enemy. Democracy Now! is joined by the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, Colonel Morris Davis, who has just wrapped two days of testimony for the defense. Davis told the court that many of the files Manning leaked on Guantánamo were already out in the public domain and that they had no value to enemy groups and could not have harmed U.S. national security.
Colonel Davis: "Well, part of the charges in the Manning case relate to documents from Guantánamo called detainee assessment briefs, that I was familiar with from my two-year tenure as chief prosecutor. There were five particular detainees that the government had selected as kind of a representative sampling, and what I did is take those classified documents and went out to open-source material, much of it available on government websites, and was able to find the vast majority of the information in the public domain, which—you know, to try to establish that there was no harm from the release of the documents on WikiLeaks."
A full transcript of the interview with Colonel Davis is available at Democracy Now!
Part Two of the discussion, Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial, is below the fold.