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Julian Assange Sues US Military Over Secrecy of Bradley Manning Trail

Julian Assange Sues US Military Over Secrecy of Bradley Manning Trail

Published time: May 22, 2013 21:33
Edited time: May 23, 2013 21:40

Julian Assange and a coalition of activists and journalists filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the military judge overseeing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial in a bid to open access to the secretive proceedings.

During the trial both access to transcripts and prosecution and defense motions have been virtually inaccessible.

Bradley, who faces a life sentence over the leaking of more than 700,000 sensitive military documents published by Wikileaks, is currently being tried by a military tribunal. The trial is expected to begin on June 3, 2013.

Read more: http://rt.com/usa/assange-sues-military-manning-secrecy-661/

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The former USSR at least had (open) Show Trials

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As government-paid employees, prosecutors, and all military, have an incentive to deliver results in favor of government- that is, convictions - rather than to impartially uphold justice.

Judges, as paid employees of government whose livelihoods depend on keeping the courts full, have an inherent conflict of interest between their own interests and justice for all.
This is why independent juries are a part of our judicial system. Jurors do not have a financial or other interest in upholding one side or the other. They do not make their living off the system, but they do have to live with the precedent set by their decision. Therefore, they have a strong incentive to deliver a just verdict, not only to protect the defendant in the case at hand, but to protect themselves as well as their families and neighbors from abusive prosecutorial aggression.

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