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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Lamo Transcript

The man who turned in Bradley Manning testified yesterday, then celebrated that he had been permanently excused.   For his testimony at hearings and much more, see new edition of my book with Kevin Gosztola, updated to last week.  Excerpt from Lamo yesterday: 
Q. He told you that he thought he would keep track — keep track of people that his job impacted?
A. Correct.
Q. And he wanted to make sure that everybody was okay?
A. Yes.
Q. He told you that the way he separated himself from other analysts was, he cared about people?
A. He said that, yes.
Q. PFC Manning told you he followed humanist values?
A. Yes, he did.
Q. He said he had dogs tags saying “humanist” on it?
A. Yes.
Q. Do you know what it means to be a humanist?
A. From my understanding the importance of human life and human beings and has a structure of morality....
Q. He told you that he was bothered that nobody seemed to care?
A. Yes, he did.
Q. He said he thought apathy was far worse than active participation?
A. Yes.
Q. He told you that he preferred the truth (Inaudible)?
A. Yes, he did.
Q. He also told you that he was maybe too traumatized to really care about the consequences to him?
A. Yes.
Q. He told you that he wasn’t brave. He was weak?
A. Yes.
Q. He said he was not so much scared of getting caught and facing consequences as he was of being misunderstood?
A. Yes.

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