Defying the U.S. military's ban on making recordings at Private Bradley Manning’s pre-trial tribunal at the military court in Fort Meade, Md., the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) has released Manning’s audio testimony (below).
According to RT.com, this testimony is from February and features Private Manning explaining why he leaked secret U.S. government documents and videos to WikiLeaks.
"We hope this recording will shed light on one of the most secret court trials in recent history, in which the government is putting on trial a concerned government employee whose only stated goal was to bring attention to what he viewed as serious governmental misconduct and criminal activity," the FPF said in a statement.
In the audio recording, Private Manning accused the U.S. Army of “not valuing human life" and compared U.S. servicemen "to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass."
While speaking about the infamous 'Collateral Murder' video (below), which shows U.S. Apache helicopters deliberately opening fire on and killing unarmed civilians (including Reuters journalists), Manning said: “The most alarming aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have.”
The Collateral Murder video confirmed what Reuters had always claimed and the U.S. government had long denied about the murder of the journalists. It received worldwide coverage and started the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, who is currently holed up in an embassy in London.
Twenty five-year-old Private Manning was held in military custody for over 1000 days, without a trial.