US wants to close Manning's trial to public

2013-06-25 21:08

Fort Meade, Maryland - Lawyers for the US soldier accused of aiding the enemy by leaking thousands of classified documents raised no objection on Tuesday to a government proposal to close his trial to the public and press, possibly as early as this week, to protect evidence.

As Bradley Manning's trial entered its fourth week, defence attorney David Coombs told the military judge he had no objection to closing the courtroom while prosecutors read aloud the classified sections of written witness statements.

Prosecutors have said they expect to present as many as 17 such statements this week. The statements may include evidence about more than 250 000 State Department diplomatic cables Manning is accused of stealing from a classified computer database.

Manning denies the theft charge but has acknowledged he sent the cables, along with hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and some Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield videos, to the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst has said he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing by US service members and diplomats.

The trial is to determine whether Manning is guilty of espionage, theft, computer fraud and aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence.

  • goyougoodthing - 2013-06-25 23:20

    Who exactly is the enemy? Do they mean their citizens?

  • King Reu - 2013-06-26 03:01

    Whats there to hide from their own citizens

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-06-26 05:51

    Have the helicopter crew been jailed for shooting the family which started this whole charade in the first place? Nah. How about a trail on the lies for the war in Iraq. Surely that caused more damage to the US political and economically. 120 000 dead Iraqis No WMD's No Alqaeda then but now they are Mosque bombing $25 Billion tax payers money Iraq was secular No course case or jail time for a far bigger crime but is ok cos they are Muslim and not white Christian anglophiles?

  • Ntombi Zulu - 2013-06-26 08:17

    but there's nothing we can do other than swallow it

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