Audio of Bradley Manning’s speech to a military court in Fort Meade explaining his decision to release classified military information to WikiLeaks was posted online today, the first time the public has heard Manning’s voice since his arrest in 2010.
Recording the proceedings is against court rules.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation leaked the audio to its website Monday, an hour and seven minute-long statement, as well as transcripts of excerpts on Tuesday. The excerpts highlight Manning discussing his motivations behind releasing the cables and logs, contacting media outlets and how he submitted the information to WikiLeaks.
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington released a statement to POLITICO:
“The U.S. Army Military District of Washington has notified the military judge presiding over the United States vs. Pfc. Bradley Manning court martial that there was a violation of the rules for court. The U.S. Army is currently reviewing the procedures set in place to safeguard the security and integrity of the legal proceedings, and ensure Pfc. Manning receives a fair and impartial trial.”