WikiLeaks suspect attorneys seek reduced charges
Fort Meade: Lawyers for WikiLeaks
suspect Bradley Manning called for the charges against the US
Army private to be reduced as a hearing to decide if he should
face a court-martial ended on Friday.
The defence appeal came during closing arguments at the
end of a seven-day pre-trial hearing for the low-ranking
soldier blamed for one of the most serious intelligence
breaches in US history.
"The government overcharged in this case," said Manning`s
civilian defence attorney David Coombs.
Manning, 24, faces life in prison if convicted of aiding
the enemy, the most serious of the 22 charges he is facing
over the leak of hundreds of thousands of military documents
and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Coombs said all of the charges should be dropped except
for three that carry the possibility of 30 years in prison.
US Army prosecutors urged the presiding officer,
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza, to recommend a court-martial
on all the charges.
Almanza is not expected to make a decision for several
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Over 60 cadets killed in Pakistan police academy attack
- DNA: Exclusive report on the extreme sacrifices made by ITBP soldiers
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi's ''progressive'' remark on triple talaq
- I pay my tribute to martyr Naresh Pal: PM Narendra Modi
- Some people are creating confusion between me and my father: Akhilesh Yadav
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- This is why Cyrus Mistry was removed as Chairman of Tata Sons!
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- Prompt action on border pushes Pak to offer olive branch, says both sides need to 'formalise' 2003 ceasefire
- 7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances proposes hike in HRA for central govt employees