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US government lost contract signed by Bradley Manning, rests its case

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In a giant snafu that’s typical of goverments and big corporations alike, the US government apparently managed to “mislay” the standard contract signed by Bardley Manning. And it only took until the fifth week of the trial, three years since his arrest to figure this out… during the cross-examination of a prosecution witness no less!

The most embarrassing admission was that the Army had mislaid the standard contract Manning signed that laid out the terms of his access to classified information upon deployment to Iraq.

In defence cross-examination of a prosecution witness, it was revealed that the government had lost one copy of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that Manning had signed and had routinely burned a second copy filled out by the soldier and all other members of his unit. The document is important as it clarifies whether or not the soldier exceeded the terms of the authorised access to secret documents through his work computer that he directly agreed to.

Source: The Guardian

At the same time Nobel Peace Price winner Mairead Corrigan-Maguire is nominating Manning for his work to help end the Iraq War and other conflicts.

Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and “aiding the enemy”. This should not be considered a refutation of his candidacy – rather, he is in good company.

If the Nobel Committee had any decency (and balls) left they’d strip the EU and Barack Obama of their respective prices and award them to Manning, Snowden and Assange. And while we wait for that to happen, let’s see if maybe hell will freeze over…

Written by mo

July 3rd, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Posted in United States

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