Manning's leaked video 'could help enemies'

2013-06-13 13:03
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Fort Meade — A video of a US Apache helicopter attack leaked by soldier Bradley Manning revealed sensitive information that could help enemies plan deadlier assaults, according to a Pentagon official's statement read at his court-martial.

Manning, aged 25, has said he didn't believe that the more than 700 000 battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and video clips he leaked to the WikiLeaks website while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad would hurt national security.

Prosecutors want to convict Manning of 21 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. His trial will resume on Monday.

The 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

The leaked cockpit video showed digital display information about the helicopter's airspeed and angles of engagement, according to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon LaRue's statement.

"Enemies can anticipate US operations and plan more effective attacks as a result," said LaRue, an Apache helicopter expert.

Defence lawyers attacked the government's assertion that Manning started sending classified information to WikiLeaks within weeks of starting work as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009.

Army computer crimes investigator Mark Johnson testified on cross-examination he found no evidence on Manning's personal computer of WikiLeaks' "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009". The government alleges Manning used the list as a guide to obtain documents and videos for the anti-secrecy website.

Johnson also testified on cross-examination that he found no evidence that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked Manning for anything specific in a series of online chats and e-mail exchanges.

Manning's trial began last week. It was originally projected to run through August or September.

Read more on:    wikileaks  |  chelsea manning  |  julian assange  |  us  |  espionage

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