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Bradley Manning Court Martial Resumes With Harsh Allegations

June 5, 2013

A female soldier who was punched in the face by US Army Private Bradley Manning was due to testify Wednesday in the third day of his court martial.

The soldier, Jihrleah Showman, was a supervisor in Iraq, where Manning worked as an intelligence analyst from 2009 until his arrest in 2010. Showman testified in a pretrial hearing that Manning went into a rage while serving in her unit both before and after it was deployed.

Other witnesses scheduled to take the stand were fellow soldiers, including a senior intelligence analyst.

Manning, 25, has admitted to releasing an estimated 250,000 diplomatic cables and about 500,000 secret military documents from Iraq and Afghanistan. All of it was made public at the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning has pleaded guilty to 10 lesser counts, but military prosecutors are pursuing tougher charges, including the most serious - aiding the enemy. He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.

The case has made Manning a worldwide star among freedom of information advocates. His supporters are suspicious about the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the military trail. Manning has been held in prison, often in solitary confinement, and at one point naked, during the three years of trial preparations.

The government maintains that the defendant betrayed his promise not to reveal the government secrets he had access to and placed other Americans in danger when he leaked the documents.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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