Manning’s Defense Wins Objection On Evidence

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A defense attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning has won an objection after prosecutors said they could not produce a computer security agreement the soldier signed after arriving in Iraq in 2009.

Manning allegedly violated the agreement in three of the 21 counts he faces: two military charges for adding unauthorized software to his work computer and one federal computer fraud charge for exceeding his authorized access.

Prosecutors wanted to enter a sample form of the agreement into evidence but Manning’s attorney David Coombs won an objection.

Prosecution witness Capt. Thomas Cherepko was the unit’s information assurance manager. He says all of the computer “acceptable use agreements” were routinely destroyed when the unit returned home. But he said the one Manning signed couldn’t be found shortly he was arrested.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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