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Defense to give closing in Manning-WikiLeaks case


Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen))

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen))

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The defense is getting the chance to sum up its case in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, the Army private who sent hundreds of thousands of government documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Manning's civilian defense attorney David Coombs is scheduled to give his closing argument Friday in the eighth week of the trial at Fort Meade, outside Baltimore.

The government said in its closing argument Thursday that Manning was a traitor with one mission as an intelligence analyst in Iraq: to find and reveal government secrets, then bask in the glory as a whistleblower.

But Coombs has said the soldier, who's from Crescent, Okla., was troubled by what he saw in the war and wanted to help inspire debate and reform in American foreign and military policy.


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