Prosecutors rested their case against Pfc. Bradley Manning on
Tuesday after presenting evidence from 80 witnesses, trying to prove the former
U.S. Army intelligence analyst let military secrets fall into the hands of
al-Qaida and its former leader Osama bin Laden.
The 25-year-old native of Crescent, Okla., is charged with 21 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence. To prove that charge, prosecutors must show Manning gave intelligence to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, knowing it would be published online and seen by an enemy of the United States.
Manning has acknowledged sending more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and State Department diplomatic cables, along with several battlefield video clips, to WikiLeaks while working in Baghdad from November 2009 through May 2010.
The defense could begin its case as early as Monday, when the trial will resume. Manning's defense said at the opening of the trial that he was a young, naive but good-intentioned soldier struggling to fit in as a gay man in the military.
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