‘US Constitution overtaken by military: Alfred Lambrement Webre
Sunday Jul 21, 2013
Press TV has conducted an interview with Alfred Lambrement Webre, international lawyer from Vancouver about the Bradley Manning trial in a US military court.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Do you think this was an open and shut case in terms of the point of view of the judge that Manning was going to be guilty no matter what because the US is so after protecting its national security? And of course anybody who leaks any files is going to be found guilty because, well, they don’t want to send out the wrong message?
Webre: This is a military court martial and you have Colonel Lind as the judge. And the ruling of the judge defies belief.
What the judge said is that because the documents that Bradley Manning leaked went out over the internet they could possibly have been seen by al-Qaeda, therefore they could have possibly aided and abetted the enemy – which is a chain of information that defies belief. There was no evidence introduced at the trial that any of the documents aided and abetted the enemy.
However, this has two grave implications: number one, it is clear that from the military point of view the prosecutors who represent the defense establishment, they consider Wikileaksto be in the same shoes as any of the media such as The New York Times or any of the mainstream media such that if any source gives information to The New York Times, which it then prints or prints on its website, then a military prosecutor could argue, oh, you’ve just aided and abetted the enemy with that information.
So it is entirely self-serving and it’s a total constitutional violation of the protection of the media under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.