Tensions continued to flare between the military and journalists covering the closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trial on Friday.
On Thursday, journalists reported that armed military officers were walking the aisles of the media center, leaning over and looking at their computers, and telling them they were barred from tweeting.
HuffPost's Matt Sledge, who is at Fort Meade, wrote that the ramped-up security was a result of a direct order from Denise Lind, the military judge overseeing the trial.
O'Brien said things were "less tense" than on Thursday, but there were clearly lingering issues, judging from the tweets being sent out:
A rpt from a major American paper said condition in press pool remind them of their work in Libya under Gaddafi #Manning (back to the trial)
— Alexa O'Brien (@carwinb) July 26, 2013
Press pool much more tense today, even during discussion of whether court could be open this weekend. Likely due to increased restrictions..
— Nathan Fuller (@nathanLfuller) July 26, 2013
.@WikiLeaksTruck banned from courtroom & media center for rest of Bradley Manning court martial
— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) July 26, 2013
At Ft Meade media ctr-defense closing in Manning trial. MPs who showed up yest for 1st time wanded us (new) but arent wearing sidearms today
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) July 26, 2013
A verdict in the trial is not expected for some days.