Manning sentencing– how not to present evidence on the stand

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Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears
[Via World news: United States |]

Counter-intelligence officer who investigated WikiLeaks impact undermines argument that Manning leak put lives at risk

The US counter-intelligence official who led the Pentagon’s review into the fallout from the WikiLeaks disclosures of state secrets has told the Bradley Manning trial that no instances were ever found of any individual killed by enemy forces as a result of having been named in the releases.

Brigadier general Robert Carr, a senior counter-intelligence officer who headed the Information Review Task Force that investigated the impact of WikiLeaks disclosures on behalf of the Defense Department, told a court at Fort Meade, Maryland, that they had uncovered no specific examples of anyone who had lost his or her life in reprisals that followed the publication of the disclosures on the internet. “I don’t have a specific example,” he said.


Brigadier general Robert Carrgot on the stand for the prosecution and said that the leak of documents killed people who were named in them. well, at least one of them.

“As a result of the Afghan logs I know of one individual killed – an Afghan national who had a relationship with the US government and the Taliban came out and said publicly that they had killed him as a result of him being associated with information in these logs,” Carr said.

That sounds bad. Until the defense attorney asked if the person who was killed was tied to the disclosures at all.

The general had to admit that there was nothing in the disclosures that related to the person killed. The Taliban just killled someone and said it was due to the leak.

The defense attorney asked the general if he knew of any specific person who was killed due to the leaks. He did not.

The judge then ordered all the testimony by the general about this one individual be scrubbed as it was not relevant.

Not the best way to spend you tay in court – having your testimony scrubbed due to irrelevance.