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Defense in WikiLeaks case begins giving its side

December 21, 2011 • National News


In this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, his attorney David Coombs, standing left, Prosecution attorney Ashden Fein, center, and Inspecting Officer Paul Almanza, upper right, and witness Adrian Lamo, right, appear in a courtroom in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, during a military hearing that will determine if Manning should face court-martial for his alleged role in the WikiLeaks classified leaks case. Manning’s online correspondent was Lamo, a former hacker, who gave the chat logs to authorities, leading to Manning’s arrest in May 2010. (AP Photo/William Hennessy)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A year and a half after he allegedly orchestrated the biggest national security leak in U.S. history, Pfc. Bradley Manning’s lawyers are finally presenting evidence in his defense.

A hearing to determine if Manning will be court-martialed resumed Wednesday, with his lawyers calling their first witness. The defense is expected to call up to four witnesses on the hearing’s sixth day.

The 24-year-old former Army intelligence analyst, accused of releasing a trove of secret information to the WikiLeaks website, is not likely to testify Wednesday, military experts said.

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