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-- Manning defied the nation's trust and put American government secrets squarely in the hands of enemies that for prosecutors.
During closing arguments today at a hearing to decide whether Manning will face a court martial trial.
The former army analyst known as Brad -- 87 on line accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks.
Including videotape from 2007 showing a US helicopter strike in Iraq.
The military has reported the airstrike killed my militants in two Reuters journalists.
During the hearing prosecutors released an online chat transcript they claim shows Manning boasting about that leak.
Manning quote are you familiar with WikiLeaks.
Yes Miami's -- partner -- -- I was the source of the July 12 2007 video from the Apache weapons team which killed the two journalists and injured two kids.
But the defense has not confirmed nor denied Manning was behind the leak but his attorneys argue it did little or no damage to -- US.
The lawyers also claim the army fail to recognize Manning was troubled let's bring in our legal team former.
Federal prosecutor Kendall -- and criminal defense attorney Jennifer -- -- -- -- see -- -- -- let me start -- you what do you make of -- -- here which is essentially well.
The military should have known that Manning was deeply troubled and not -- -- -- -- never allowed him access to the documents isn't that a little like blaming the victim.
Absolutely and it's going nowhere just say that he was troubled that the government should taking greater security measures.
Or even that it wasn't all that damaging to national security in the final analysis.
None of that amounts to a defense and what I think -- gonna see is a hammer coming down hard on this guy because among other reasons.
They want to get him not only accountable.
But talking talking about the WikiLeaks founder.
And who exactly was -- along with Bradley Manning and making this -- colossal -- embarrassing and problematic stuff available to the -- And ever the other part of the defense he is well it did little or no harm.
That's a lovely emotional argument on -- -- I'm not sure it's a legal argument.
I -- -- an element to prove that -- at heat.
Had intercourse with the enemy either has to be some demonstration that there was harm.
And -- spoiled arm robbery doesn't arguably harm anybody but it's still a crime.
I'm not saying he isn't guilty of crimes -- that he shouldn't face trial on crimes but whether he -- and aiding the enemy as a specific crime for which are specific elements of the prosecution has to show.
And it's not clear to me that they have the proof to establish that particular -- this is a typical.
-- overreaching it if it's true that he leaked field battle reports.
Arguably doesn't that -- the enemy in all kinds of way it's.
Will course it does feel reports from Afghanistan from Iraq may be half a million files from combat zones in which this country's.
Soldiers were risking their lives.
That's all the kind of information the enemy would would look for and I think he's got an impossible time Jen Jennifer's finger and actually -- and -- Jennifer watch.
Because what we have seen -- the potential for harm we haven't seen.
That there were specific evidence -- -- eating the enemy now I do agree with kennel on one point here -- the enemy without causey in the end harm.
When he or she can't.
What I'm saying is you have to demonstrate specifically how we aided the enemy you can't say I had eggs and -- our strategies in the field successes and failures that helps them in the future but that's what we're we're hypothesize in -- to they have evidence of -- -- -- come on the stand and say listen.
Awesome al-Qaeda operative to say we'd use this evidence to do -- -- -- to -- more of a demonstration.
That there was a specific.
Eating on the enemy not simply the potential for time we got to go a lot Benedict Arnold.
Benedict Arnold was unsuccessful.
In trying to sell -- -- was not still one of the biggest traders in history all right thanks very much get a coffee at Jennifer bond --
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