WikiLeaks suspect back in court
on 09/01/2013 07:53:28
The argument emerged during a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade for Bradley Manning. The hearing continues today.
The issue is whether Manning's motive is relevant to a charge he aided the enemy by sending reams of classified documents to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.
The government contends Manning knew, or should have known, that the information would be seen by al-Qaida.
Defence lawyer David Coombs said that prosecutors are citing Civil War-era cases concerning soldiers who placed coded messages in newspaper ads.
Mr Coombs said Manning's alleged offences are more akin to providing government documents to a newspaper.