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WikiLeaks soldier testifies in own defense at U.S. military trial
February 28, 2013 / 5:03 PM / 5 years ago

WikiLeaks soldier testifies in own defense at U.S. military trial

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning arrives to the courthouse for his motion hearing in Fort Meade in Maryland January 9, 2013. A military judge on Tuesday reduced by 112 days any sentence that accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning might receive as compensation for harsh treatment he received in military detention, a Department of Defense spokesman said. Manning, a 25-year-old U.S. Army private, faces 22 charges including aiding the enemy, which carries a penalty of life in prison. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY CRIME LAW POLITICS) - RTR3C8SC

FORT MEADE, Md., Feb 28 - A U.S. Army private accused of slipping secrets to the WikiLeaks website testified in his own defense at a military hearing on Thursday on the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.

Private First Class Bradley Manning testified before military judge Colonel Denise Lind in a pre-trial hearing before his court martial, set to begin June 3.

“I believe that if the general public ... had access to the information... this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general,” Manning testified.

Reporting by Medina Roshan; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Vicki Allen

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