Deal on Osama bin Laden evidence made in WikiLeaks case
Fort Meade (US): Lawyers in the court-martial of an Army private who gave US secrets to WikiLeaks say they`ve reached a deal on evidence involving Osama bin Laden.
They announced the agreement at a pretrial hearing today for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
Under the agreement, both the prosecution and defense teams would acknowledge at Manning`s trial next month that there is digital evidence indicating bin Laden saw some of the material Manning released.
The raid team member, presumably a Navy SEAL, was expected to testify that the evidence was recovered during a May 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader`s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Manning has acknowledged sending the cable to WikiLeaks after he found it on a secure government computer network while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
Manning, a 25-year-old Oklahoma native, is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by causing classified material to be published on WikiLeaks. To prove that charge, punishable by a maximum life prison term, prosecutors must show that he knew the material would be seen by al-Qaida members. He has already admitted he downloaded the files from supposedly secure government networks and sent them to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010.
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