Defense gets its turn to present in WikiLeaks case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (AP Photo)
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (AP Photo)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army private who admittedly sent troves of classified information to WikiLeaks is preparing to refute the government's charge that he aided the enemy.

The court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning enters its sixth week Monday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The prosecution rested Tuesday.

Before presenting its case, the defense has an opportunity to seek dismissal of all or some of the charges due to insufficient prosecution evidence.

Manning is contesting 21 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence.

He has acknowledged sending the anti-secrecy group more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables, along with some battlefield video, while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.

Manning says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing.

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