Bradley Manning closing arguments end Thursday
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military prosecutor says an Army intelligence analyst defied the nation's trust by indiscriminately pulling more than 700,000 documents from a supposedly secure computer network and giving reams of national secrets to WikiLeaks.
But his defense attorney said during closing arguments Thursday at Fort Meade that the Army failed Pfc. Bradley Manning and is now piling on charges in an attempt to strong-arm him into pleading guilty.
The summations ended a preliminary hearing to determine whether Manning should be court-martialed on 22 charges, including aiding the enemy. He faces life in prison.
Prosecutors said Manning signed agreements to protect government secrets. They say he then made sure those secrets were published online for America's enemies to see.
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