US v Pfc. Manning | Defense Legal Filings, Defense Request for the Production of Article 32 Evidence

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 and the Military District of Washington brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, as well as my own FOIA requests and research, an official court record for US v. Pfc. Manning was released seven months after her trial. That record is not complete.

The official trial docket is published HERE and the entire collection of documents is text searchable at usvmanning.org.

*During the pretrial proceedings, court-martial and sentencing of Pfc. Manning, Chelsea requested to be identified as Bradley and addressed using the male pronoun. In a letter embargoed for August 22, 2013 Chelsea proclaimed that she is female and wished to be addressed from that moment forward as Chelsea E. Manning.

1. On behalf of PFC Bradley E. Manning, his civilian counsel, David E. Coombs, requests the production of the below listed evidence. The defense also requests that the Investigating Officer, XXXXXXXXXX [LT. COL. PAUL ALMANZA] following reasons:

a. In order to inquire into the truth of the matter alleged in the charges, consider the form of the charges, and assist the Investigating Officer in making recommendations as to disposition of the charges. See Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 405(e);

b. In order to serve as a means of discovery for the defense. The defense has repeatedly requested the below discovery in this case, but the government has consistently responded with a blanket denial of the defense request. See R.C.M. 405(a) Discussion (stating the "investigation also serves as a means of discovery" for the defense); R.C.M. 405(g)(l)(B)(stating "evidence, including documents or physical evidence, which is under the control of the Government and which is relevant to the investigation and not cumulative, shall be produced...");

c. In order to present matters in mitigation of the charged offenses. R.C.M. 405(f) (stating an accused has the right to present evidence in defense, mitigation, and extenuation); Article 32(b), Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) (stating an accused may "present anything he may desire in his own behalf, either in defense or mitigation, and the investigation officer shall examine available witnesses requested. .."); United States v. Garcia,59 M.J. 447,451(C.A.A.F. 2004) (ruling that an accused has the right to present anything he may desire in his own behalf at an Article 32 in defense or mitigation);

2. On 18 January 2011,the defense was notified that PFC Manning, at the direction of XXXXXXXXXX [CW4 Averhart, Pretrial Confinement Commander Rebuttal Article 138 Complaint], was placed in suicide risk. This decision was made over the recommendations of XXXXXXXXXX [ Capt. Hocterm Forensic Psychiatrist for the Brig See Rebuttal Article 138 Complaint] and the defense appointed expert XXXXXXXXXX [Captain Moore, Defense Forensic Psychiatrist See Rebuttal Article 138 Complaint]. When PFC Manning was being ordered to surrender his clothes as part of he unnecessary suicide risk, the Brig made the decision to videotape this event along with an interrogation of PFC Manning by XXXXXXXXXX [Who is this? Four guards? See Rebuttal Article 138 Complaint ] and others. On 19 January 2011, the defense filed a preservation of evidence request with the government and a request for the production of the video. The defense believes the video will support PFC Manning's claim of unlawful pretrial punishment. The government has yet to respond to the defense request. See R.C.M. 905(e) Discussion (stating that inquiry into other issues such as legality of searches or the admissibility of evidence is proper by an Article 32 Investigating Officer).

3. The defense has previously requested a copy of all adverse administrative or UCMJ action, all supporting documentation, and any rebuttal materials to such action based upon the 15-6 investigation conducted by XXXXXXXXXX [Who is this?] or any any other governmental investigation, with regards to any individual that was the subject of such an adverse action in relation to the alleged leak of classified information in this case. The previous requests included, but was not limited to, the following individuals: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX[Who is this?]. The government has so far only provided information in relation to XXXXXXXXXX[Who is this?].

4. The defense specifically requested an Encase forensic image of each computer from the Tactical Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (T-SCIF) and the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) of Headquarters and Headquarter Company (HHC),2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1Oth Mountain Division, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Hammer, Iraq. The defense has previously requested these items in discovery and filed a preservation of evidence request with the government. An inspection of all seized governmental computers from the T-SCIF and TOC would allow the defense to provide evidence that it was common for soldiers to add unauthorized computer programs to include, but not limited to: mIRC (a full featured Internet Relay Chat client for Windows that can be used to communicate, share , play or work with others on IRC networks); Wget (a web crawler program designed for robustness over slow or unstable network connections); GEOTRANS (an application program which allows a user to easily convert geographic coordinates among a wide variety of coordinate systems, map projections and datums); and Grid Extractor (a binary executable capable of extracting MGRS grids from multiple free text documents and importing them into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet) to their computers. The government has used this alleged conduct to charge PFC Manning with two Specifications of a violation of Article 92.

5. The defense has previously requested any Brady or Jencks material in the government's possession. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) (holding that due process requires the Government to turn over exculpatory evidence in its possession); Jencks v. United States, 353 U.S. 657 (1957) (holding that, in a criminal prosecution, the government may not withhold documents relied upon by government witnesses, even where disclosure of those documents might damage national security matters). Under military law, the trial counsel has an affirmative obligation to seek out requested evidence by the defense that is in the possession of the government even if that evidence is not already in the immediate possession of the trial counsel. United States v. Williams, 50 M.J. 436,44I (C.A.A.F. 1999); United States v. Bryan, 868 F.2d 1032,103619thCir. 1989); UnitedStates v. Brooks, 966F.2d,1500, 1503 (1992)(the government is considered to have possession of information that is in the control of agencies that are "closely aligned with the prosecution"). The defense specifically requests the below listed information from the government that is in control of agencies that are closely aligned with this prosecution. The trial counsel has responded with a blanket denial of the requested information despite the fact that this information clearly impacts not only on the form and proper disposition of the charges, but also represents clear Brady and Jencks material:

russell-travers-national-security-staff-senior-advisor-for-information-access-and-security-policy a. White House: XXXXXXXXXXRUSSELL TRAVERS, NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INFORMATION ACCESS AND SECURITY] was tasked to lead a comprehensive effort to review the alleged leaks in this case. He has completed a report detailing the rather benign nature of the leaks and the lack of any real damage to national security. The defense requests a copy of this review and any assessment given, or discussions concerning, the WikiLeaks disclosures by any member of the government to XXXXXXXXXX [RUSSELL TRAVERS, NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INFORMATION ACCESS AND SECURITY]. The defense requests any e-mail, report, assessment, directive, or discussion by XXXXXXXXXX [RUSSELL TRAVERS, NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INFORMATION ACCESS AND SECURITY]to the Department of Defense concerning this case in order to determine the presence of unlawful command influence. See R.C.M. 405(e). Additionally, defense requests any e-mail, report, assessment, directive, or discussion by XXXXXXXXXX [RUSSELL TRAVERS, NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INFORMATION ACCESS AND SECURITY] to the Department of State or Department of Justice concerning this case; [Name sourced from White House, December 1, 2010]

b. XXXXXXXXXX[WHO IS THIS?] The Original Classification Authority's (OCA) classification review was completed by XXXXXXXXXX[WHO IS THIS?] His classification review indicated XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX[WHAT IS THIS?] This determination is at odds with the damage assessment completed by the Wikileaks Task Force and by the Information Review Task Force. Additionally, this determination is at odds with the XXXXXXXXXXXX[WHAT IS THIS?] review at the direction of XXXXXXXXXXXXXX[WHO IS THIS?] As such, XXXXXXXXXXXXXX [WHO IS THIS?] should not be permitted to espouse an opinion which is inconsistent with the damage assessments conducted by the Government. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963); Jencla v. United States,353 U.S. 657 (1957);

c. Department of Defense: Early on in the investigation, the Department of Defense reached out for assistance from the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive and XXXXXXXXXX [CIA See Defense Reply to Government Response to Defense Motion to Compel Discovery No. 2, May 10, 2012]. The defense is entitled to receive any forensic results and investigative reports by any of the cooperating agencies in this investigation. United States v. Williams,5O M.J. 436, 441(C.A.A.F. 1999); United States v. Bryan,868 F.2d 1032,1036 (9th Cir. 1989); United States v. Brooks, 966F.2d 1500, 1503 (1992); Article 46, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Finally,

XXXXXXXXXX [ROBERT GATES] on 29 July 2010 directed the Defense Intelligence Agency to lead a comprehensive review of the documents allegedly given to Wikileaks and to coordinate under the Information Review Task Force (IRTF, formerly TF 725) to conduct a complete damage review. The results of this damage review undercut the testimony of each of the representatives from the OCA for the charged documents in this case. Specifically, the damage assessment concluded that all of the information allegedly leaked was either dated, represented low-level opinions, or was already commonly understood and known due to previous public disclosures.

d. Department of Justice: The defense requests any and all documentation related to the Department of Justice investigation into the alleged leaks by Wikileaks as referenced by XXXXXXXXXX [WHAT/WHO IS THIS?] to include any grand jury testimony and any information relating to any 18 U.S.C. 2703(d) order or any search warrant by the government of Twitter, Facebook, Google or any other social media site. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963); Jencks v. United States, 353 U.S. 657 (1957);

e. Department of State: The Department of State formed a task force of over 120 individuals to review each released diplomatic cable. The task force conducted a damage assessment of the leaked cables and concluded that the information leaked either represented low-level opinions or was already commonly known due to previous public disclosures. According to published reports in multiple new agencies, including the Associated Press, The Huffington Post, and Reuters, internal U.S. Government reviews by the Department of Defense and the Department of State have determined that the leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to U.S. interests abroad, despite the Obama administration's public statements to the contrary. "A congressional official briefed on the reviews stated that the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations had seriously damaged American interests in order to bolster legal efforts to shut down the Wikileaks website and bring charges against the leakers. According to the published account 'We were told (the impact of Wikileaks revelations) was embarrassing but not damaging,' said the official, who attended a briefing given in late 2010 by State Department officials. National security officials familiar with the damage assessments being conducted by defense and intelligence agencies told Reuters the reviews so far have shown "pockets" of short-term damage, some of it potentially harmful." See generally, htp://www/huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/19/us-official-wikileaks-rev_n_810778.html. This determination is at odds with the classification review conducted bv the OCA. XXXXXXXXXX [WHO IS THIS? ]

should not be permitted to espouse an opinion which is inconsistent with the damage assessments conducted by the government. Brady v. Maryland,373 U.S. 83 (1963); Jencks v. United States, 353 U.S. 657 (res7);

6. The defense has requested a copy of the Damage Assessment of Compromised Information that is required to be submitted to the Special Security Officer (SSO) under DoD 5105.21-M-1 once an SCI Security Official determines that a security violation has occurred. The damage assessment is supposed to contain the date of the assessment; the name and office symbol conducting the assessment; subject/title, date, number, originator and original classification of document; whether the document can be declassified or downgraded, either in whole or in part; justification for classification (the specific statements in the document which are classified, the basis for classification, and a complete bibliography of all classified source materials used in preparation of the document); whether the classified information identified is accurate; whether the classified information identified was the subject of any official release; and whether the information identified as classified can be edited for the purpose of prosecution. The government has not yet provided this information to the defense. This information should be ordered produced for the consideration of the Investigating Officer at the Article 32.

7. The defense requested a copy of the final security violation investigation report submitted to the SSO DoD/ Defense Intelligence Agency under DoD 5105.21-M-1. The report is used to assess intent, location of the incident, risk of compromise, sensitivity of information, and mitigating factors in arriving at a final analysis of the incident. The government has not yet provided this information to the defense. This information should be ordered produced for the consideration of the Investigating Officer at the Article 32.

8. The defense has previously requested any known evidence tending to diminish credibility of any Government witness including, but not limited to, prior convictions under Military Rule of Evidence (M.R.E.) 609, evidence of other character, conduct, or bias bearing on witness credibility under M.R.E. 608. Specifically, the defense requests the name and contact information for any law enforcement agent working with XXXXXXXXXX [WHO IS THIS?]. See Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963); United States v. Agurs, 427 U.S. 97 (1976).

9. The defense has previously requested a copy of all audio and video surveillance of the visitation booths at Quantico, Virginia when individuals, including defense team members, met with PFC Manning. The defense also requests a copy of all audio and video surveillance of the visitation rooms at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas when individuals, including defense team members, met with PFC Manning. The government has only provided a partial account of the audio and video surveillance in its possession.

(Source: David Coombs, Defense Request for the Production of Article 32 Evidence, November 22, 2011)

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