Bradley Manning Military Hearing Enters 3rd Day

Witnesses describe lax security, scuffle with fellow analyst
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2011 4:20 PM CST
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (R) arrives alongside a military official at a US military Magistrate Court facility for an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland on December 18, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing rolled on today with witnesses testifying about lax US military security and a scuffle Manning had with a fellow soldier, CNN reports. Prosecution witnesses said Manning, an "outcast" in his Iraqi unit, should have lost his security clearance after assaulting a female intelligence analyst, the Guardian reports. But "he was very good in researching and compiling data," Capt. Casey Fulton testified.

Manning even pinpointed his unit's computer as the source of video that had leaked online showing a military helicopter attacking civilians in Iraq, Politico reports. “He sent me email with links to the shared drive of two video clips," Fulton said. Witnesses also described a laughably relaxed security atmosphere at the unit, where soldiers played video games, movies, and music on "secure" military computers. The hearing at Fort Meade, now in its third day, lets prosecutors argue that Manning fed top-secret data to Wikileaks and should face a full military trial. (Read more Bradley Manning stories.)

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