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`Osama got classified cables passed by Manning to WikiLeaks`

Last Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:52

New York: Some classified cables allegedly leaked to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks by US soldier Bradley Manning ended up in the hands of Osama bin Laden, prosecutors have claimed.

US military prosecutor Captain Joe Morrow said, during a pre-trial hearing, that the terror mastermind had an al Qaeda lieutenant bring him some of the secret State Department and military reports allegedly leaked by Manning.

The WikiLeaks-bin Laden connection was part of a collection of new evidence prosecutors said they would bring to trial to show that Manning aided America`s enemies by passing the material to the anti-secrecy website.

According to a report by the New York Times, prosecutors also said they would show logs of web chats between Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

During one exchange, the two laughed about a Times article from 2010 that said the Pentagon considered WikiLeaks a threat to national security, the paper said.

According to New York Daily News, prosecutors didn`t offer specifics about the secret material that bin Laden received.

Manning`s trial, originally set to begin in March, was postponed until at least June 03 so that the judge could review the new evidence.

The 25-year-old former intelligence agent faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.


First Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:51
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