Official Appellate List (Court Docket) | U.S. v. Pfc. Manning
United States v. Pfc. Manning was conducted in de facto secrecy. The public was not granted contemporaneous access to court filings or rulings during the legal proceedings, which lasted for two years. In addition to reporting on her trial and the U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks, I transcribed the legal proceedings against Manning, reconstructed the censored appellate list, and I un-redact any publicly available documentation.
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, the official court record for US v. Pfc. Manning was released seven months after her trial.
That official record of trial is published on HERE and the entire collection is text searchable at usvmanning.org.
TAB 1, which is visible below, is the official Record of Trial, which was released on March 20 and 24, 2014 as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitution Rights litigation (which I was party to) and my own FOIA requests.
TAB 2 is an unofficial, reconstructed appellate exhibit list, which I created, that includes documents released two months after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted to twenty offenses.
On October 25, 2013, CCR litigation and my own FOIA requests compelled the Military District of Washington and the presiding military judge Col. Denise Lind to release some more documents from the 45,000 page court record.
The documents, which were released at that time, were then withdrawn from the U.S. Army Electronic Reading Room.
On December 6, 2013 documents from that release were then released again.
When the documents were released, placeholders for censored documents, which are classified or sealed, were also released. They are marked in black or grey below.
TAB 3 is an unofficial reconstructed appellate exhibit list that I created and before the first June 5, 2013 release of portions of the trial records (18 months into the legal proceeding). The same CCR litigation compelled the Military District of Washington and the presiding military judge Col. Denise Lind to begin to release some of the then 30,000 pages of court documents.
TAB 4 is an unofficial reconstructed appellate exhibit list that I created prior to the first June 5, 2013 release of documents. For over 1,103 days the public was in the dark about the largest leak trial in history. The public did not even have an official copy of Manning's formal plea, any Government filings, or any of the Court's rulings on aiding the enemy (one of two offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that apply to any person) or Manning's unlawful pretrial confinement at Quantico.
To search the entire database of the official Record of Trial documents go HERE.
*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 21, 2013 Chelsea proclaimed that she is female and wished to be addressed from that moment forward as Chelsea E. Manning.
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