@carwinb Alexa O’Brien toujours, très énervée contre cette culture du #secret qui s’impose tranquillement.
But perhaps most important was the absence of a public court record. That meant reporters unable to dedicate weeks or months to following the proceeding’s ins and outs had no way to cover or even properly assess it — even as military prosecutors appeared to try and craft a “State Secrets Act,” something Congress has never passed.
For months last year, there was no media operations center for the first journalists covering the pretrial hearing, and we reported from the courtroom itself — where electronic devices were prohibited! Using pen and paper, I did my best to keep up with 120-word-a-minute recitations . It was 18 months after the legal proceedings began, 1,103 days into Manning’s confinement and three days after the trial began when the press and the public were allowed to read some of what was by then more than 30,000 pages of documents.