Prosecutors: Manning Wasn't Naive, Had Huge Ego
Closing arguments underway in WikiLeaks case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on July 18.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The prosecution made its closing arguments against Bradley Manning today, arguing that he wasn't a "naive soldier" out to to better the world as his attorneys would have us believe, reports the Los Angeles Times. He may have had a dog tag that read "Humanist," but "the only human Pfc. Manning ever cared about was himself," said the chief prosecutor. Manning was simply "interested in making a name for himself," and he did so knowing full well that the classified information he gave to WikiLeaks would end up in terrorists' hands, he said. That gets to the heart of the most serious allegation against him, aiding the enemy, which would put Manning in prison for life.

The New York Times picks up on one part of the strategy: The prosecutor made the case that Manning gave WikiLeaks a video of a US airstrike in 2009, just two weeks after he arrived in Iraq. The defense disputes that and says Manning didn't start turning over data until 2010, after he became troubled about what he was seeing. If the prosecutor is right—he's only got circumstantial evidence to back up the claim—it suggests Manning went to Iraq already bent on disclosing whatever information he encountered. The defense will wrap up its closing arguments before the judge tomorrow.

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right2dave
Jul 27, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
I bet he was always picked last for Dodge ball in PE in high school. He looks like s wuss?
saucier111
Jul 26, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
Only in the Nazi's states of America, you can be put in prison for telling the truth. That might be the reason Eric Holder lies to the federal grand jury so much with no repercussion. All they are doing is wasting tax payer money here, give the kid a dishonorable discharge and let him go. With george w. bush after 9/11 he did not want any investigation at all, and what we got was a clown circus.
Shootskas
Jul 26, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
How can one protect and defend the Constitution while at the same time fighting in a vaguely declared, never-ending war? That boggles my mind....no one in the service is "protecting and defending" the Constitution. To take orders from a traitor is treason...charge everybody in the military with treason.