Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (2)
  • Print

WikiLeaks case likened to Civil War espionage

The defense says military prosecutors are drawing comparisons between an Army private's alleged leak of classified documents to Civil War-era cases involving coded messages in newspapers.

Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
Execute this traitor now! Don't allow him to breathe the air of a country he hates so... MORE
Agreed, just shoot the SOB problem solved. MORE

advertising

FORT MEADE, Md. —

The defense says military prosecutors are drawing comparisons between an Army private's alleged leak of classified documents to Civil War-era cases involving coded messages in newspapers.

The argument emerged Tuesday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning. The hearing continues Wednesday.

The issue is whether Manning's motive is relevant to a charge he aided the enemy by sending reams of classified documents to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. The government contends Manning knew, or should have known, that the information would be seen by al-Qaida.

Defense attorney David Coombs said Tuesday that prosecutors are citing Civil War-era cases concerning soldiers who placed coded messages in newspaper ads.

Coombs says Manning's alleged offenses are more akin to providing government documents to a newspaper.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon


Advertising