Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in February. (Reuters/Jose Luis Magana.)
Got a wake-up call from old friend Dan Ellsberg this morning to alert me that an audio tape of Bradley Manning delivering his now-famous statement in court two weeks ago, explaining his actions in leaking documents and a video tape to WikiLeaks—he pleaded guilty to many charges that day but still faces the most serious ones)—had been “leaked.” Got to love that word coming from one legendary whistleblower about another.
Ellsberg said the Today show would be airing it in a few minutes. Well, Dan’s sources, as we know, are usually pretty good, and sure enough, a few brief excerpts were aired early in the show.
Turns out the tape had been recorded illegally in the courtroom and the Freedom of the Press Foundation ended up with it. Here’s the full hour-long recording on their website.