Bradley Manning Case: Judge Won’t Dismiss Most Serious Charge


0  Updated at 8:57 am, July 18th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
Share This Story

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(FORT MEADE, Md.) — As Army Private First Class Bradley Manning’s court martial winds down, the judge presiding in the case ruled Thursday against a defense motion to dismiss the most serious charge against him: aiding the enemy — the charge that could see him sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

In February, Manning pleaded guilty 10 lesser charges that carried a 20-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say that the former Army intelligence analyst “knowingly gave intelligence to the enemy” when he leaked 700,000 U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks.

Closing arguments could begin as early as Friday. The defense rested its case earlier last week.

Once the judge in the case decides the verdict, the trial will move into a sentencing phase.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Stories You May Be Interested In:

Singer Chris Cornell hanged himself, medical examiner says

18 May 2017

Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN

‘I love you’ were the last words she heard

23 May 2017

Ray Sanchez, Zayn Nabbi, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan, CNN