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Manning Defense Exposes a Dysfunctional Chain of Command

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Captain Matthew Freeburg replaced Dreher as the company commander in January of 2010. He was the commanding officer who responded to the fight between Manning and Specialist Showman by pulling Manning from the SCIF and assigning him to the supply room. This was the first disciplinary action taken against Manning, despite other incidents that superiors testified they would have acted on if they had been informed.

Captain Michael Johnson was the collection officer for the S2 shop in Iraq. Master Sgt. Adkins told Johnson that he was not to deal with the enlisted soldiers. Johnson testified that both Clausen and Adkins were not enforcing standards, and that there was no clear delineation of responsibilities in the S2 section. Johnson testified that Adkins told him he was handling Manning, and Clausen agreed that Adkins could handle everything. Johnson also testified that intelligence analysts were high maintenance -- that they always felt they were smarter than their superior officers and regularly questioned authority.

The final witness, Lt. Elizabeth Fields, testified that she once stated that there was no accounting for CDs going in and out of the SCIF in Iraq, and that when she was the security officer before deployment, there was. She also testified that she asked Adkins what was being done about Manning's behavior and he told her to "stay in her lane," and that Manning was an enlisted man.

Following an evidentiary ruling the court recessed until 9:30 a.m.

*Scott Galindez was formerly the co-founder of Truthout, and is now the Political Director of Reader Supported News.

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