Amnesty wants charges dropped in WikiLeaks case
Fort Meade: Amnesty International is urging the US government to drop its most serious charges against an Army private who gave reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
The London-based human rights organisation said today that prosecutors at Pfc Bradley Manning`s court-martial haven`t proven he aided the enemy.
A conviction requires proof that Manning knew the material would be seen by America`s enemies on the WikiLeaks website.
Aiding the enemy is the most serious of 21 contested counts. It carries a possible life sentence.
Amnesty says prosecutors also should drop other charges unsupported by evidence.
Manning`s lawyers have asked the military judge to acquit Manning on seven counts, including aiding the enemy, due to a lack of incriminating evidence. She will hear both sides` arguments Monday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
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