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US soldier jailed for unauthorized handling of secret Cambodia files

US Pacific Command

A military jury has convicted a Hawaii-based US army officer of unauthorized possession of classified documents and giving a document with classified assessments of Cambodia to a person not entitled to possess it.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:15am

US soldier ‘methodical’ in Iraq clinic shooting spree, says expert

US Army Sergeant John M. Russell. Photo: AP

A US soldier who killed five fellow servicemen in a shooting spree at a combat stress centre in Iraq acted with the tactical precision of a trained soldier as he moved through the clinic, an Army crime scene expert testified on Thursday.

10 May 2013 - 3:59pm

US soldier in WikiLeaks case says he was held in a ‘cage’

Bradley Manning. Photo: AFP

A US Army private facing court-martial on suspicion of leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website testified on Thursday he was confined to a “cage” in the early days after his arrest in 2010, and thought he would die there.

Bradley Manning, in his first public comments since his arrest in Iraq, said his isolation led to a rapid decline in his awareness of his surroundings.

30 Nov 2012 - 8:41am

Afghan massacre too big for lone US soldier

US Army Staff Sargeant Robert Bales (lower left) watches testimony on a video monitor on Friday. Photo: AP

A lone shooter could not have committed the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers blamed on a US soldier, a witness testified on Sunday, stressing the scale of the atrocity.

The defence witness said the extent of the carnage, wrought overnight in two villages near a US army base in March, was too great for it to be the work of only Sergeant Robert Bales, facing a possible court martial.

12 Nov 2012 - 8:31pm

US soldier’s lawyers question Afghan killings account

A courtroom sketch of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (centre) during the preliminary hearing held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo: AP

Lawyers for the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers got their first chance to defend him in court on Tuesday, calling into question prosecutors’ version of events.

Defence attorneys presented their first witnesses on the second day of a pre-trial hearing for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, to determine whether he should face a full court-martial.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:42am

US soldier was ‘lucid’ after Afghan massacre

US Army Staff Sargeant Robert Bales (second from left) is shown during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom in Washington state on Monday. Photo: AP

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers was “lucid” and admitted to the crimes, witnesses and prosecutors said as he appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:35am

Hearing of US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians set to begin

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is accused of killing 16 civilians, including women and children, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Photo: AP

A US Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:53pm

Briefs, October 20, 2012

UK boat race activists jailed for 6 months

LONDON - The Australian activist who halted Britain's university Boat Race by jumping into the River Thames and swimming between the boats was jailed for six months. Trenton Oldfield, 36, was given a prison sentence at Isleworth Crown Court in west London after being convicted of causing a public nuisance. AFP


20 Oct 2012 - 3:58am

Nerves and distrust underpin Afghan insider threat

Americans on patrol in Afghanistan. Photo: AFP

The Afghan policeman walked into the room without introducing himself, sat down with his rifle in his lap, and stared at the US soldier with a strange look in his eyes.

17 Oct 2012 - 2:40pm