Tighter trial security after leak of Manning video

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 09:12

Fort Meade (Maryland): Security for the sentencing hearing of US soldier Bradley Manning has tightened after some courtroom video appeared online.

Military police on Monday carefully searched the bags of journalists entering a building where the Army provides a closed-circuit video feed from the nearby courtroom.

The 16-second video on the website Vimeo shows the judge on the bench and Manning at the defense table. The soundtrack includes Manning supporters chanting, "Free Bradley Manning."

The 25-year-old faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. He says he did it to expose wrongdoing. Prosecutors say the leaks hurt US foreign relations.
Manning`s defense team opened its case today and is focusing on his mental health.

Manning`s brigade commander in Iraq, Col David Miller, testified that he didn`t learn until after Manning`s arrest that the soldier had had a number of emotional outbursts that included overturning a table during a counseling session. Manning is expected to make a statement Wednesday.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 09:12

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