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Deliberations continue is WikiLeaks court-martial

6:35 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., before a pretrial military hearing. The lawyer for Manning, who sent troves of classified material to WikiLeaks, is thanking supporters who gathered outside Maryland's Fort Meade ahead of Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A military judge continues deliberating in the court-martial of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.

Col. Denise Lind is beginning her third day of deliberations in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Maryland. Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of the charge.

The 25-year-old Oklahoma native also faces 20 other counts, including espionage, computer fraud and theft for admittedly sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

In closing arguments last week, the defense portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who wanted to expose war crimes. Prosecutors call him an anarchist hacker and a traitor.

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7/29/2013 6:45:05 AM (GMT -4:00)

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