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Manning’s motion hearing scheduled March 15...
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:27:31 PM »
Update 3/2/12: Manning’s motion hearing scheduled March 15, Jane Hamsher finds Stratfor’s FBI source

Ft. Meade announces Manning’s next court date is March 15. In an official news release email, the Ft. Meade media desk announces that military judge Denise Lind scheduled Bradley Manning’s motion hearing for March 15, at 10 AM EST, at Ft. Meade, MD. It could last two days, as the media advisory email notes, “For planning purposes, this hearing is scheduled for March 15 and 16. The hearing is open to the public.

Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, has requested a May start date for the court martial, while at last month’s arraignment it was revealed that the prosecution has pushed for an August date. It’s expected that the military judge will announce a finalized date at the March 15 motion hearing.

Jane Hamsher compares Manning and Statfor’s FBI source. Investigating the still-unfolding Stratfor email release, FireDogLake’s Jane Hamsher discovered that a source for the private intelligence firm appears to be the FBI’s James Casey. Emails show the head of Stratfor, Fred Burton, considered Casey “as his own little Wikileaks window into the DoJ.”

Just as this information comes to light, however, comes the news that Casey has retired from the FBI to start his own, one-man private intelligence firm. This will likely preclude any chance of an FBI internal investigation, leaving Casey off the hook after divulging scores of secrets to Stratfor.

Hamsher concludes, comparing Casey’s treatment with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning:

    Moral of the story:  Bradley Manning gets charged with “aiding the enemy” for potentially leaking information that was available on the SIPRNET to hundreds of thousands of people.   This guy gets a gold watch and no investigation for potentially leaking the existence of a sealed DoJ indictment of Julian Assange that I imagine almost nobody knew about.

This is continually the case: a low-ranking soldier faces life in prison for exposing documents the public deserves to see, while higher-ranking officials are routinely immune after leaking higher-level secrets. (Read more…)
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