Manning Put Info Into Enemy Hands: Prosecutor
Day 1 of trial, prosecutor says Manning put soldiers at risk
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning watches at left as his defense attorney, David Coombs, right, speaks in front of military judge Army Col. Denise Lind on the opening day of Manning's...   (AP Photo/William Hennessy)

(Newser) – Three year after his arrest, Bradley Manning's trial finally began today, with both sides offering their opening statements and two conflicting narratives of the man emerging. Tasked with proving that Manning actively aided US enemies, prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow told the courtroom that this was a case of "what happens when arrogance meets access to sensitive information," claiming Manning "systematically harvested hundreds of thousands of documents from classified databases and then dumped that information on to the Internet into the hands of the enemy," the AP reports.

Manning's attorney David Coombs argued that the 25-year-old army private was "young, naive, but good-intentioned" and said he only released material he thought would do no harm and help make the world a better place. "He believed this information showed how we value human life," said Coombs, specifically citing a leaked video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack by US forces which killed civilians. "He was troubled by that. He believed that if the American public saw it, they too would be troubled."

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 4, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Military oaths are now optional. You pick and choose what military code you want to follow. You can now second guess your superiors. You can vet all commands through the media. All duty assignments are now subject to personal opinion and interpretation. You can now as a US service person choose whether or not you will do your duty. That's the new military thanks to Manning.
clmsman
Jun 4, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
Needs to be stood up against a wall and shot. This little nancy boy thought he was going to be a hero and to some sickos that like Julian Assange, but most of us want him to rot in prison. Who care if the guy is gay some reports try to make ahy with that a traitor is a traitor no matter where he's putting his winky.
Tuthinadvertizing
Jun 4, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
Well since all non agents of government in USA are now considered enemies of the agents, I guess under there policy making public to all of us there war crimes, does put info into the enemies hands. We are all enemies, un incarcerated criminals to the government agents. Most people do not understand that with the illegal laws on the books right now, everyone of us is a perpetrator under jeopardy of arrest and imprisonment only lacking the agents taking the time and effort to trump up a case against us. Most cases do not even allow us the chance to prove innocents, to have a trial , to go before a jury. They are called administrative court cases. These cases can strip you of your money, your property, your children, your good name. your wife, your gf, and can even condemn you to death, torture, disease