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Bradley Manning goes on trial.  We look at the case and the new WikiLeaks documentary “We Steal Secrets” with director Alex Gibney.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, June 4, 2013, before the second day of his court martial. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP)

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, June 4, 2013, before the second day of his court martial. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP)

Private First Class Bradley Manning, on trial now at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Court martial.  There’s no debate about what he did – a massive download of classified US government data and reports and memos that lay American military and diplomatic secrets before the world.  The trial now is really about why.

Military prosecutors say espionage and aiding the enemy.  His defense attorney says he was out to make the world a better place.  A new documentary looks at the whole story of Manning and Wiki-Leaks and Julian Assange.

This hour, On Point:  “We Steal Secrets,” and director Alex Gibney.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Julian BarnesPentagon reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (@julianbarnes)

Alex Gibney, director of “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.” (@baluebolivar)

J. William Leonard, served as classification czar (director of the Information Security Oversight Office) in the U.S. government from 2002-2008. Chief Operating Officer at National Endowment for Democracy. Professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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Washington Post: Bradley Manning Court-Martial Opens — “Opening the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, a military prosecutor charged Monday that he ‘harvested’ a massive trove of classified information from secure networks and made it available to America’s enemies by dumping it onto the Internet.”

The Boston Globe: The WikiLeaks story exposed, but not resolved — “Julian Assange: silver-haired freedom fighter or creepy cyber-guru? Bradley Manning: courageous whistle-blower or tormented info-traitor? Alex Gibney’s overlong but fascinating ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’ manages to convince you that both sides of the equation deserve consideration even as the film carefully separates the strands of a maddening snarl of event and accusation. This is the documentary that lets you grasp the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal in its entirety, even if the questions raised — whether facts belong to a government or its people, whether any secrets deserve to remain so, whether diplomacy is possible in a world where all is known — are left for us to resolve.”

WIRED: ‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Confessing to You’: The Wikileaks Chats

“(1:41:12 PM) Bradley Manning: hi
(1:44:04 PM) Manning: how are you?
(1:47:01 PM) Manning: im an army intelligence analyst, deployed to eastern baghdad, pending discharge for “adjustment disorder” [. . .]
(1:56:24 PM) Manning: im sure you’re pretty busy…
(1:58:31 PM) Manning: if you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?”

 

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