Friday, December 16, 2011

Morning Brief: Bradley Manning to appear at court hearing today; author, essayist Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of passing thousands of U.S. documents to WikiLeaks will in court today at a pre-trial hearing. The press, which reported the documents, and ran for weeks and weeks on the information contained in the leaked documents, have pretty much ignored his case and his continued imprisonment.

The hearing will take place at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Manning has been in detention since May of last year and only now is receiving his pre-trial hearing, a 14-month period of time before appearing in court to face court martial charges.


Author and essayist Christopher Hitchens died last night at the age of 62. Hitchens, as the Financial Times obituary examines, moved from Trotskyism to neoconservatism, from anti-war to war proponent, during his long and often controversial career.

Graydon Carter, writing on the Vanity Fair website: "He was a man of insatiable appetites—for cigarettes, for scotch, for company, for great writing, and, above all, for conversation. That he had an output to equal what he took in was the miracle in the man. You’d be hard-pressed to find a writer who could match the volume of exquisitely crafted columns, essays, articles, and books he produced over the past four decades."

Janet Robinson will step down as chief executive of The New York Times Company at the end of the year, a post she has held since 2004. While the NYT's own story expressed surprise at the time of the announcement, the WSJ is reporting that Robinson's retirement should be comfortable – she will receive $4.5 million next year "consulting" for the Times.

Martin Gottlieb, global editions editor at the NYT is moving over to The Record in New Jersey as the paper's editor. Gottlieb managed editorial operations for the International Herald Tribune while at The New York Times Company.