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Manning to speak at his sentencing hearing

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has heard the evidence. Now it

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Friday, July 26, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prision. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen))

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has heard the evidence. Now it's time for him to speak.

Defense attorney David Coombs says Manning will take the stand during the sentencing phase of his court-martial today at Fort Meade near Baltimore.

Coombs says it's up to Manning whether he will testify as a witness, or make a sworn or unsworn statement. An unsworn statement cannot be cross-examined by the prosecution.

The witness list also includes a mental health expert and Manning family members.

Manning faces up 90 years in prison for leaking reams of classified information to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. He claims he wanted to expose wrongdoing and provoke public debate about the U.S. military and diplomatic affairs.


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