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Bradley Manning Is Escorted Out Of U.S. Military Court

posted 3 Jun 2013, 16:19 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 3 Jun 2013, 16:20 ]

Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a U.S. military court on day one of his trial over the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

 FORT MEADEMARYLANDUNITED STATES ( POOL) -  Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, was barely visible as he left a U.S. military court on Monday (June 3).

Manning was escorted by various security men who led him from the military court into the vehicles outside.

Manning had just concluded day one of his court martial, after being accused of the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history through the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website three years ago.

Military prosecutors said arrogance drove the U.S. soldier but at the opening of the court-martial, Manning's defense lawyer portrayed him as a naive young soldier who had leaked the documents, combat videos and other data because he wanted to reveal the human cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Manning case has pitted civil liberties groups who want more transparency in military and diplomatic affairs against the government, which accuses Manning of endangering lives and damaging diplomacy by leaking classified information.

Manning, a former intelligence analyst, faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted at his court-martial in Fort MeadeMaryland, for leaking more than 700,000 secret documents in 2010.