Bradley Manning's defense says he shouldn't have had access to materials
Updated: December 21, 2011 - 10:31 am
Adrian Lamo, a onetime convicted hacker and Manning's alleged online confidant, later turned a government informant. He testified Tuesday that he had given investigators records of May 2010 online chats in which Manning allegedly admitted everything.
Army Special Agent David Shaver and civilian contractor Mark Johnson said they found evidence Manning downloaded and e-mailed nearly half a million sensitive battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and a video of a deadly 2007 Army helicopter attack that WikiLeaks shared with the world and dubbed "Collateral Murder."
The government wants Manning court-martialed for aiding the enemy and 21 other charges. Closing arguments could come as early as Wednesday. Then, a military officer will weigh whether to recommend that the young private be court-martialed, which could result in life in prison. That decision could take several weeks.
During the proceedings, Manning remained outwardly composed as witness after witness talked about his emotional problems, his homosexuality, and his violent and crazed-sounding outbursts both stateside and during his tour of duty in Iraq from late 2009 to mid-2010.
A half-dozen buttoned-down, mostly young men and women favoring charcoal-colored suits have come and gone from gallery seats behind the prosecutor's table, declining to identify themselves to journalists but apparently representing the Justice Department, the CIA or other government agencies.
Across the room are Manning's supporters, including a long-haired young man from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a pony-tailed, elderly military veteran wearing a "Free Bradley Manning" T-shirt.
Attorneys for WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange also observed, as did an Amnesty International representative. A half dozen journalists were present and dozens of others watched from a separate building on closed-circuit TV.
An ample number of people in the court room were in camouflage uniforms, including the presiding officer, all three prosecutors, two of three defense lawyers and military police stationed along courtroom walls.
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