Transcript | US v Pfc. Manning, Plea and Forum, Article 39(a), 10/17/12


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

*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.

This portion of a transcript of the Article 39(a) motions hearing held on October 17, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland in US v Pfc. Manning was taken by hand from the public gallery. It, therefore, may contain omissions or errors. All amendments or updates will be noted. I have not yet published the entire transcript for October 17, 2012 . I have been asked, however, about details concerning this matter, so I am publishing this portion here, now.

Judge Lind: [Counsel] had a brief [RCM] 802 earlier today to go over appellate 342 [Manning’s plea and forum]…10 to 14 December Article 39(a)…Pfc. Manning have you seen Appellate exhibit 342?

Manning: Yes, your Honor.

Judge Lind: Do you authorize…?

Manning: Yes.

Judge Lind: …authorize counsel submit?

Manning: Yes

Judge Lind: …anticipated motion?

Manning: Yes

Judge Lind: …week of 10 December to 14 December.