Prosecution Links Manning to Assange
Recovered files put Manning in 'serious trouble': expert
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, left, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., yesterday after a military hearing that will determine if he should face court-martial for his alleged role in the...   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – Prosecutors unveiled a damning litany of evidence yesterday at a pretrial hearing linking Bradley Manning to the massive leak of government materials posted on WikiLeaks, reports the Washington Post. The trove includes chat logs between Manning and Julian Assange, testimony that Manning's computers contained more than 100,000 State Department cables, and an email Manning wrote in 2010 taking responsibility for the leak of the 2007 Apache helicopter video showing the killing of two journalists.

Many of the files recovered from Manning's computers had been deleted, including a file containing a contact number for Assange in Iceland and a file containing another 10,000 State Department cables that apparently was never sent to WikiLeaks. “You add it up, add it up, and eventually it gives people something approaching a moral certainty” that Manning committed the crimes, said a military justice expert. “Private Manning is in serious trouble."