Col. Denise Lind ruled for the prosecution during a court-martial pretrial hearing. Prosecutors say the witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, collected digital evidence showing that the al-Qaida leader requested and received from an associate some of the documents Manning has acknowledged leaking.
Defense attorneys had argued that proof of receipt wasn't relevant to whether Manning aided the enemy, the most serious charge he faces, punishable by life imprisonment. "The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the intelligence is given to and received by the enemy," Lind said.
The judge disagreed.
surely, this is a setback to defense, of Pfc. Bradley Manning."
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