Did WIkileaks Harm National Security?
The Army private accused of handing over sensitive government documents to Wikileaks may be mounting a defense that the exposed documents did not harm national security. Bradley Manning's attorney, David E. Coombs, submitted a court filing last week asking for a damage assessment from the Pentagon and State Department.
Manning is facing more over twenty different charges including aiding the enemy, multiple counts of theft of public records, transmitting defense information, computer fraud, and violating the Espionage Act. Prosecutors have said they will not pursue the death penalty but life in prison.
Coomb's defense strategy is in part to claim that the records made available by Manning were already mostly part of the public record and have done no measurable harm to national security or United States foreign policy interests.
Manning's Article 32 hearing is set to take place on December 16, which will determine whether the case is referred to court-martial.
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