31 July 2013
Clark Stoeckley Asks Ban Lift for Manning Trial
2013-0920.pdf Clark Stoeckley Letter of Apology to Judge Lind July 31, 2013
2013-0919.pdf Judge Lind Letter to Clark Stoeckly Trial Ban July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013
US Army Installation Management Command Headquarters
United States Army Garrison
Office of the Garrison Commander
4551 Llewellyn Avenue, Suite 5000
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-5000
Dear Ft. George G. Meade Garrison Commander Colonel Edward C. Rothstein,
Although I have not yet received your letter barring me from Fort George
G. Meade installation, I have been made aware of it on the Armys Freedom
of Information Act website. I am writing this letter to present to you matters
as to why I should not be barred from the base.
It was never my intention to cause any threat, harm, intimidation, or
confrontation; but I realize now how the messages could be perceived as
threatening in nature. I would not have posted this information if I had
known that I would be barred from the base and the trial for doing so.
The lead prosecutor in US v. PFC Bradley Manning, Major Ashden Fein, revealed
the location of his lodging to a civilian - a complete stranger who had no
need whatsoever to know this information. As far as I know, Maj. Fein did
not tell this person to keep this information private. Rather he was boasting
about his work on the trial to people who did not know him. Indirectly this
information eventually ended up in my possession. I was shocked that the
prosecution of such a high profile case regarding information security and
assurance would share this information with the public. I was also surprised
that they were not staying in a more secure location such as a military
I never asked for this information. I have never seen the prosecution team
outside the courtroom. I have never visited their hotel. In fact, for months
I have gone out of my way not to go near the hotel. I never investigated
this information. Although I claimed to know, the truth is I never confirmed
this information to be fact until I was barred from the base. I immediately
deleted the tweets upon removal from the base, and I have refrained from
sharing details with anyone. In retrospect I wish that I had found a more
direct method of informing you that Maj. Fein had created this security breach
that could potentially affect him and his legal team, but at the time I did
not feel it was my responsibility.
I have been a proud member of the credentialed media since March of 2012,
attending nearly everyday. I have been hired to illustrate a book of the
pretrial, trial, and sentencing; and my drawings have been used by a wide
variety of media organizations. Aside from part-time teaching, this work
is my livelihood and drawing the proceedings has been a dream-come true.
Since I began covering this trial, I have received over a dozen anonymous
death threats, and I live every day fully understanding that intimidation,
no matter how abstract, should never be taken lightly.
I believe if you asked the public affairs staff they would tell you that
I have been very friendly, respectful, and professional the entire time prior
to this incident. For example, In November of 2012 a guard at the visitor
gate told several court spectators, including myself They should take
him out back and shoot him. referring to Pfc. Bradley Manning. I informed
public affairs officers of this, and they informed me that they took care
of it and the guard had been reprimanded. If I could turn back time, I would
have done the same to inform the public affairs office that the lodging location
of the prosecution was known publicly so that they could take the proper
steps to protect their safety and security.
I respect your need for safety and security. If you would please reconsider
your decision to bar me from the base and allow me to return to for the rest
of the sentencing portion of the trial I would be forever grateful. I promise
be on my best behavior while on base, during my time off the base, and on
social media. I promise not to post any messages that could remotely be
considered threatening or do anything that could possibly pose a risk to
the safety and security of anyone who works on base.
You have my word that this will never happen again. If you need any character
references, have any questions, or wish to speak to me, please do not hesitate
to call or email. I look forward to your reply.