The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

US media urges end to secrecy in WikiLeaks case


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Rights groups and news outlets urged military judges on Wednesday to grant public access to records in the court-martial of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, condemning the case's excessive secrecy.

The judges repeatedly grilled the government's attorney as to why court motions and other papers could not be released from the case, but indicated they might not have the authority to weigh in on the constitutional question.

A lawyer representing an array of groups including 31 news media organizations told the United States (US) military's Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces that reporters were hamstrung trying to inform the public about the Manning case because court orders and motions were kept secret.

Mr Manning, a US Army private, is accused of handing over a massive trove of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks in the worst security breach in US history.