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Defense Questions Why Army Gave Bradley Manning Access To Govt. Secrets

FORT MEADE, Md. (WJZ)– It’s the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Attention was turned once again Sunday to the military hearing at Fort Meade that will determine if an Army private will be court-martialed for providing government secrets to WikiLeaks.

Pat Warren reports on Sunday’s testimony.

The defense claims Army supervisors should have known better than to give Pfc. Bradley Manning access to classified information.

“Stand up for whistleblowers!”

Demonstrators rallied outside Fort Meade as the preliminary hearing for Army intelligence specialist Bradley Manning continued through the weekend.

“If Bradley Manning did what he’s accused of, I and all these people here and a lot of other people consider him a hero,” one Manning supporter said.

But while demonstrators took a stand for Manning, government witnesses took the stand against him.

Manning is accused of providing classified information posted on WikiLeaks– documents the Obama administration claims compromised military sources and U.S. government relations with other countries.

He allegedly released this video of an American helicopter attack that killed 11 people in Iraq, and a witness testified classified information was found at Manning’s aunt’s house in Potomac.

His attorneys are building a defense on Manning’s emotional state, including gender-identity issues and testimony from witnesses describing fits of rage. They say the Army should have revoked his access to government secrets.

The Army says it could be weeks before a decision is reached on whether Manning should be court-martialed.

Manning could also receive administration punishment or the charges could be dismissed.

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  • Marty

    Bradley Manning took an oath to protect this country, and by leaking secrets and conpromising national security, he committed treason. They used to execute people who committed treason against the United States of America. At the very least however he should get life in prison. We can’t have these kind of traidors serving in our military.

    • 1-0-3-0-WITHERSPOON

      hang that gay bladed freak, gay one thing putting others at risk a whole new ballgame


    ALL traitors of the United States of America should be given a fair trial and then be put in front of the FIRING SQUAD!!! DEATH TO ALL ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!

  • ladarius

    That’s a good question, why did the Army give a private that kind of access? To all of you right wing nuts out there that want to hang him, he let the world know how much we were lied to from out supposedly leaders. Bush, Cheney. Rumsfeld took oaths of allegiance but lied to the American people daily. Put them on trial for war crimes. That’s why Bush won’t travel or Cheney to europe. They would be arrested.

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