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WikiLeaks Hasn’t Paid Manning Legal Bills

From an irate Washington Post:

WikiLeaks hasn’t fulfilled financial-aid pledge for suspect in leaks, group says

By Ellen Nakashima
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy Web site, has yet to make good on a July pledge to contribute financial aid to the legal defense fund of a U.S. Army private suspected of leaking classified documents to the site, the fund’s director said Tuesday.

"It’s a surprise to us that it hasn’t happened yet," said Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist, an Oakland, Calif., group seeking to raise $100,000 toward legal fees for Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who was charged five months ago in connection with the leaking of classified material.

Courage to Resist, a war resisters’ group, so far has donated $50,000 to pay the fees of Manning’s private attorney, David E. Coombs. But as of Tuesday, Paterson said, WikiLeaks had not transferred any money to him.

Late Tuesday, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said in an e-mail that a misunderstanding about the status of the payment had been "rectified" and the "payment is being processed now."

The check is in the mail.

At a panel discussion last week in London, Hrafnsson said the group had contributed to Manning’s defense fund "a substantial amount of money," while insisting that WikiLeaks still does not know whether Manning was the source of the diplomatic cables and other classified material it has recently posted.

According to Paterson, Courage to Resist corresponded with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in July and on subsequent occasions confirming that WikiLeaks would cover about half of the expected fees, or $50,000, for Manning’s defense. On its Twitter page, WikiLeaks frequently solicited donations for the defense fund through a German charity, the Wau Holland Foundation.

Paterson said that in an e-mail exchange Tuesday with a foundation official, he learned that the foundation had not yet been authorized by WikiLeaks to disburse the money. Foundation Vice President Hendrik Fulda said it was his understanding that 15,000 euros, about $20,000, would be set aside for the defense fund but he still needed to confirm that with WikiLeaks, according to Paterson…

It’s official. There is no honor among thieves.

It would be a shame for Mr. Soros to have to dip into his pockets yet again.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WikiLeaks Hasn’t Paid Manning Legal Bills”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Let them pay; as long as he still gets convicted and executed.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    I’d say flirt a deal with him by telling him he can keep his life if he coughs up ensnaring testimony that wikileaks specifically sought out what he had and made preemptive deals, such as financial or legal.

    Of course that’d be practical if the bureaucrats involved andhandling the case weren’t probably as corrupt and compliant as he is.

    Useful idiot fall-out boy.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Aww….the least they could do is to treat him to a Cosmopolitan at the local disco!

  4. bobdog says:

    Manning is innocent until proven guilty and shot for treason.


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