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WikiLeaks Provides $15,000 To Soldier’s Defense

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Supporters of the Army private suspected in one of the biggest security breaches in U.S. history say WikiLeaks has fulfilled its pledge to aid in his defense by contributing $15,100.

The Bradley Manning Support Network announced the gift Thursday.

Jeff Paterson of the affiliated group Courage to Resist in Oakland, Calif., says the contribution brings the total raised for Pfc. Manning’s defense to more than $100,000 but is still short of the $115,000 needed.

Manning is being held in maximum security at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.

He is awaiting a possible trial on military charges that he illegally obtained more than 200,000 State Department cables and gave classified material to an unauthorized person.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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