I am Lauren McNamara and I'm scheduled to testify at the trial of Private Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking diplomatic cables and other classified documents to Wikileaks. AMA
Hi. In 2009, I had a series of online chats with Manning after he found me through my YouTube channel. This was all prior to his alleged leaks (background on Manning here). This has become of some relevance now that his court martial is coming up - it was first delayed until March, and now until June. This week, his defense informed me that I'd been approved as a witness, and they believe that my testimony about our chats can show that he didn't intend to aid the enemy. This is the charge that could lead to a life sentence without parole for him (details on the charges here), so they obviously have an interest in countering it.
Ed Pilkington of the Guardian and Alexa O'Brien, journalists at Manning's current pre-trial hearings, reported this week that I'd be called as a witness, and Kevin Gosztola confirmed it to me personally. Here's a full copy of our chat logs and the associated New York Magazine story, which use my old name and online alias. I've also sent in proof of my identity, both old and new name, to the IAmA mods. I can also confirm this via my Twitter.
So, if you have any questions about my conversations with Manning, the ongoing case, my expected testimony, or anything else related to this, ask away. I'm not well-versed in every aspect of the case, but I'll answer all your questions to the best of my ability.