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Show of support for soldier Bradley Manning

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 00:41

July 30 - Protesters gather outside Fort Meade in support of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning ahead of the verdict in the WikiLeaks case. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters gather outside Fort Meade where a military judge is due to announce a verdict in the case of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who faces life in prison without parole if found guilty of aiding the enemy in releasing 700,000 classified documents. Army Private First Class Manning, 25, is accused of the biggest leak of classified information in United States history. The U.S. government has pushed for the maximum penalty for what it views as a serious breach of national security. But anti-secrecy activists have praised him for shining a light on shadowy U.S. operations abroad. This month, Judge Colonel Denise Lind denied a request by Manning's attorneys to throw out the most serious of the 21 charges against him, aiding the enemy. She said that Manning's training as a low-level intelligence analyst would have taught him that publicly releasing secret information would pose a risk to U.S. national security. Observers expect Manning, who in March pleaded guilty to lesser charges, will be convicted of at least some of the 21 counts.

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Show of support for soldier Bradley Manning

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 00:41