Bradley Manning trial transcripts now available online, via crowdfunded stenographers

Freedom of the Press Foundation has begun publishing transcripts from the trial of accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning.

The US military has refused to release transcripts of Bradley Manning's trial. In addition, they've denied press passes to 270 out of the 350 media organizations that applied. Without public transcripts or a press pass, it's virtually impossible for media organizations to accurately cover the trial and for the public to know what the government is doing in its name.

In response, Freedom of the Press Foundation has crowd-sourced funding to place a professional stenographer in the media room covering the trial.

We will post full transcripts shortly after each day's proceedings end. The morning session with be posted by 7 pm the same evening. The afternoon session will be posted by 9 am the next morning. The transcripts will be released under an Attribution 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license.

Depending on how long the trial lasts, transcriptions will cost between $60,000-120,000, so please help support this project by going here to donate.

Here are the transcripts.

Also, read this opinion piece at the Foundation's website, by Rainey Reitman: "Searching for an Enemy in the Case of Bradley Manning"



  1. I’m a bit confused by the 7% of donations that go towards FPF running costs. I’m sure it’s a worthy cause, but if I were making a sizeable donation towards paying a stenographer to do these transcripts, I think I’d be a bit miffed about paying the middle man. That’s almost $5,000 out of the $70,000 they’re trying to raise. I might be missing something obvious, though, so I’m more than happy for anyone to show me that’s unreasonable.

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