Court Gets Tough on Manning Prosecutors

Judge Gives Prosecutors a Month to Provide Detailed Account

The prosecution’s repeatedly botched handling of the disclosure phase of the Bradley Manning trial led to calls by the defense to dismiss the case entirely, and while that hasn’t happened the judge seems to be taking the matter increasingly seriously.

Judge Denise Lind gave the prosecution one month to hand over all reports related to the WikiLeaks impact on national security and, for good measure, ordered them to provide a detailed account of how they are (or aren’t) meeting their obligations on disclosure.

The prosecution had originally sought to avoid handing over any documents relating to their claim that Manning caused harm to national security, saying that the evidence was “confidential” and couldn’t be given to the defense.

This was of course only one in a long series of failures to produce evidence by the prosecution, some blamed on clerical errors but most ending with a flat assertion that the evidence was “classified.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.