Previously unknown search warrants and electronic comm orders tied to WikiLeaks criminal investigation.

I have had this list for many years, and have shared it with various journalists from time to time. I am now publishing it. This is a list of all search warrants and electronic communications orders related to the WikiLeaks investigation that I have found. I spent a lot of time in the clerks office in the Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of New York (long before it…

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Newly published secret grand jury orders & other docs shed light on US investigation now entering 5th year

Newly published documents, including sealed court orders from the secret Department of Justice grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, shed light on the manner and scope of the criminal and intelligence probes into Julian Assange and civilians associated with the online publisher of censored material. Diplomatic Security Services, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State, along with "other elements of the U.S. government," began investigating the unauthorized disclosure of…

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’07KINGSTON25 JAMAICA MALARIA UPDATE’, Dispatches from Fort Meade, Reporting on the secret trial of Chelsea Manning (30C3 Presentation)

At Fort George 'Orwell' Meade, home of the NSA and the U.S. Defense Information School, managing the message at Chelsea Manning's trial was facilitated by a lack of public access to most of the court filings and rulings until 18 months into her legal proceeding. While Manning disclosed approximately 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks, only 240 of those documents were charged against her under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse…

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Garani air strike case bombs in Court | US v Pfc. Manning

In March 2011, additional alleged criminal offenses including aiding the enemy were leveled at Manning. Superseding indictments with additional charges are a common prosecutorial scare tactic intended to pressure defendants to plea out, writes criminal law scholar, Professor Orin Kerr, in a post about the recent suicide of Aaron Swartz. The March 2011 charge sheet was accompanied by an amended time line. Prosecutors were alleging that the earliest date of…

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Summary of the Trial Session on June 10, 2013 | US v Pfc. Manning

I will continue to update as time and Internet connectivity is available. This post contains a summary and reflections on U.S. v. Pfc. Manning underway at Fort Meade, MD. It is June 10, 2013. Courtroom Manner Defense started out of the gate swinging-- even attempting to ask Special Agent David Shaver from Computer Crimes Investigative Unit about CENTAUR Logs-- also known as NetFlow logs collected from the Office of the…

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USG’s air strike conspiracy case not so air tight

In opening statements on the first day of the trial of Manning, military prosecutors alleged that the young intelligence analyst's first unauthorized disclosure occurred within two weeks of his arrival in Iraq. "The evidence will show that the first transmission of classified information that PFC Manning made was in late November 2009," said Captain Joe Morrow, "and that transmission was the video charged in Specification 11 of Charge II." Unclassified…

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Transcript | US v Pfc. Manning, Military Prosecutors Opening Statement at Trial on Charges, 06/03/13

UPDATE POST COURT-MARTIAL United States v. Pfc.Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during her trial. In addition to reporting on her trial, I transcribed the proceedings, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and un-redacted any publicly available documentation, in order to foster public comprehension of her unprecedented trial. As a result of a lawsuit against the military judge…

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Overview of Garani Video, USG case against Manning for conspiracy, and the Grand Jury

"It was like Judgment Day," said a health worker who witnessed the May 4, 2009 U.S. air strike attack by a B-1 Bomber on civilians in the Farah Province of Afghanistan to Human Rights Watch. "Words cannot describe how terrible it was. Who can bear to see so many killed, from a two-day-old baby to a 70-year-old woman?" Prosecutorial Powers and Bolstering Conspiracy In March 2011, additional alleged criminal offenses…

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Department of Justice spokesman for Eastern District of Virginia confirms grand jury investigation ‘ongoing’

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia at the Department of Justice confirmed today that the grand jury criminal investigation into WikiLeaks was ongoing. Peter Carr responded to my direct inquiries yesterday to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Peterson with the National Security Division and Lindsay A. Kelly of the Cyber Unit in Alexandria, Virginia regarding the status of the grand jury criminal investigation of WikiLeaks…

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Overview of Manning’s anticipated plea and court’s speedy trial ruling for February 26 to March 1, 2013 sessions | US v Pfc. Manning

The next session of United States v. Private First Class Manning runs tomorrow, Tuesday, 26 February through Friday, 1 March. At this weeks session we expect to hear: Court's ruling on the defense speedy trial motion; Court's ruling on the government's motion to preclude over-classification evidence; Court's ruling on the defense's revised, proposed plea to lesser included offenses for two Specifications, vis. 13 and 14 of Charge II, related to…

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Cracking the First Amendment: USG builds conspiracy into the trial of Manning

For over a year, in a soundproofed courtroom located in the confined wasteland of Fort Meade, the U.S. Army is prosecuting the most consequential and unprecedented leak trial of the digital age in secrecy and managed obscurity. A twenty-five year old whistleblower, Private First Class Manning is charged with indirectly aiding Al Qaeda for allegedly providing information to WikiLeaks, who published the information on the Internet. Prosecutors have recommended life…

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Witness | US v Pfc. Manning, Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Deputy Commander, US Central Command (USCENTCOM)

UPDATE POST COURT-MARTIAL United States v. Pfc.Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during her trial. In addition to reporting on her trial, I transcribed the proceedings, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and un-redacted any publicly available documentation, in order to foster public comprehension of her unprecedented trial. As a result of a lawsuit against the military judge…

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Witness | US v Pfc. Manning, Adrian Lamo, confidential informant for US Government

UPDATE POST COURT-MARTIAL United States v. Pfc.Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during her trial. In addition to reporting on her trial, I transcribed the proceedings, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and un-redacted any publicly available documentation, in order to foster public comprehension of her unprecedented trial. As a result of a lawsuit against the military judge…

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Witness | US v Pfc. Manning, Special Agent Mark Mander, CCIU

UPDATE POST COURT-MARTIAL United States v. Pfc.Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during her trial. In addition to reporting on her trial, I transcribed the proceedings, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and un-redacted any publicly available documentation, in order to foster public comprehension of her unprecedented trial. As a result of a lawsuit against the military judge…

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Transcript | US v Pfc. Manning, Article 32 Pretrial, 12/17/11

UPDATE POST COURT-MARTIAL United States v. Pfc.Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during her trial. In addition to reporting on her trial, I transcribed the proceedings, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and un-redacted any publicly available documentation, in order to foster public comprehension of her unprecedented trial. As a result of a lawsuit against the military judge…

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