|Updated: 3/15/2012 10:42 am
||Published: 3/15/2012 10:41 am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Military prosecutors say a U.S. Army private aided al-Qaida by leaking hundreds of thousands of military and other government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Pfc. Bradley Manning had been charged with aiding the enemy among a total of 22 counts, but on Thursday the military publicly identified the enemy Manning's actions aided. Manning and his attorneys are appearing at a hearing in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, for two days of hearings in the case.
Military prosecutors say Manning, a 24-year-old Oklahoma native, downloaded and transferred to WikiLeaks nearly half a million sensitive battlefield reports. Defense lawyers say that Manning was a troubled soldier who shouldn't have had access to classified material and that the leaked material did little or no harm to national security.
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