US Command ‘Clinton, Gates too expensive to produce’ for Manning court-martial

Manning's defense lawyer, David Coombs reports that Colonel Carl R. Coffman Jr., the Commander of Joint Base Myer and the Special Court Martial Convening Authority, denied the defense's request to conduct oral depositions of nine essential witnesses including former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Coffman determined that the "difficulty, expense, and/or effect on military operations outweighed the significance of the expected testimony," despite…

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