Six videos used as defense exhibits in US v. Pfc. Manning released to me in ongoing FOIA request to Army

I currently have several hundred Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests with every federal agency of the United States government and several current or upcoming FOIA/PA lawsuits in the works.

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Army released six video exhibits used by Chelsea Manning's defense at her trial in the summer of 2013. While they contain public information, they are not generally know in this context.

These videos were part of the trial proceedings and the official record of US v Pfc. Manning - a trial record, I will add, which I have been battling to release for several years.

Defense Exhibit EEE are two excerpts of testimony of Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, Statement before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing on Information Sharing in the Era of Wikileaks on March 10, 2011.

Defense Exhibit FFF contains three videos: The former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarks to the BBC on December 3, 2010; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates remarks on November 30, 2010; and Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation at the State Department remarks on January 23, 2012.

Defense Exhibit TT is an excerpt of Alex Gibney's movie, "We Steal Secrets" used to impeach US Army prosecutor's witness for aiding the enemy, Specialist Jihrleah Showman, S2 Section, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy.

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.

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 for US v Manning is published here, and the entire collection of official 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.
Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien researches and writes about national security. Her work has been published in VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK and listed in The Verge 50..