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GI Accused In WikiLeaks Case Thanks His Supporters

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Bradley Manning has told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org.  (AP Photo)

Bradley Manning has told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org. (AP Photo)

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A U.S. Army private accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government documents is thanking supporters for their dedication.

Pfc. Bradley Manning issued a brief statement Tuesday through his lawyer. He said, “I am very grateful for your support and humbled by your ongoing efforts.”

Manning is being court-martialed for allegedly aiding the enemy by causing government secrets to be published on the WikiLeaks website.

Supporters regard the 24-year-old Oklahoma native as a heroic whistleblower who exposed war crimes and U.S. hypocrisy.

Nearly two dozen supporters attended his three-day, pretrial hearing last week at Fort Meade, Md. Some wore black t-shirts bearing a single word, “truth.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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