Manning Hearing Moves Into ‘Secret’ Sessions

Almanza: Protecting Classified Info Outweighs Open Proceeding——————————————————————————————————————–

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com,  December 19, 2011

With the prosecution pushing to introduce “secret” evidence against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the presiding officer in his preliminary hearing has moved the session behind closed doors, insisting that “protecting classified information is an overriding interest that outweighs the value of an open proceeding.”

The decision removed the public and press from the courtroom, though the Army did say that certain “other government agencies” which they did not identify would be allowed to remain and follow the hearing.

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