Judge begins deliberations in Bradley Manning trial

Judge begins deliberations in Bradley Manning trial

Fort Meade : MD : USA | Jul 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM PDT
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Manning's Wikileaks Actions Show 'Arrogance'

The military judge considering the court martial of whistle-blower Pfc. Bradley Manning has begun her deliberations. Col. Denise Lind will decide if he aided the enemy, harmed national security and committed espionage, the Los Angeles Times said.

Lind said she will give a day’s public notice before reconvening the court-martial to announce her findings, the Washington Post reported.

In his closing arguments, Manning's lawyer said he was trying to save lives, according to NBC.

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Manning has been in a military brig for three years since it was revealed he leaked thousands of documents to WikiLeaks, which were published in newspapers like The New York Times and The Guardian. The trial only began two months ago.

Military judges rejected claims he was denied his right to a speedy trial, which usually requires it be held within six months.

Manning's most famous leak was a video showing an Army helicopter shooting and killing people on the streets of Baghdad, including two Reuters employees.

Much of the case has been handled behind closed doors. The judge did concede that keeping Manning naked in solitary was a violation of his civil rights and Army rules.

But she later held that the information he revealed “aided and abetted” al-Qaida, even though no evidence was shown that any American soldiers or supporters had been harmed as a result of the leaks.

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for a year to avoid being extradited to Sweden on what his supporters say are trumped-up rape charges. They say as soon as he gets to Sweden he will be extradited to the US to face charges.

Manning supporters say it was his duty, under military rules, to reveal war crimes. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the "Pentagon Papers" during the Vietnam War, says Manning is a hero.

The aiding-the-enemy charge carries a potential life sentence.

Although when his case began much of the media and public supported his arrest, the mood has changed somewhat.

The fact that the war in Afghanistan seems to be droning on forever, and that the NSA has been revealed to be spying on Americans, has raised questions.

A vote in Congress to block the spying was narrowly defeated this week.

Another whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, disclosed that the NSA was spying on Americans on the phone and Internet. He eluded US prosecutors by flying to Moscow, where the Russian government so far has protected him.

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