London: A member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan will testify at the trial of Bradley Manning, US Army private, charged in a massive leak of American secrets to WikiLeaks.
Military judge Colonel Denise Lind paved the way for the witness to give evidence after ruling for the prosecution during a pre-trial hearing for Manning at Fort Meade.
The US government says the witness collected digital evidence showing an associate of bin Laden provided the al Qaeda leader with documents Manning has acknowledged sending to the WikiLeaks website, Sky News reports.
According to the report, defence lawyers, however, argued that proof of receipt is not relevant to whether Manning aided the enemy.
The judge disagreed, saying the government ‘must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that intelligence was both given to and received by the enemy’.