U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was negligent in releasing classified secrets to WikiLeaks, but the former intelligence analyst did not know al-Qaida would see the material, a defense attorney said.
A defense attorney for Bradley Manning says the soldier is a whistleblower who wanted the American public to know about the awful things he saw as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. Manning is charged with 21 offenses, the most serious aiding the enemy. That charge carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison.
Closing arguments are under way in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst charged with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. Manning is alleged to have gathered sensitive information in Iraq with the goal of sending it to WikiLeaks.