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Attorney in Wikileaks trial: Bradley Manning was naive, but good-intentioned

12:43 PM, Jun 3, 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) - An attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning says the soldier on trial for giving classified information to WikiLeaks was young and naive, but he had good intentions and thought he could make the world a better place.

Attorney David Coombs gave his opening statement Monday after prosecutors said the 25-year-old former intelligence analyst released thousands of sensitive documents that fell into enemy hands.

Prosecutors say they will present evidence that Osama bin Laden asked for and received information given to WikiLeaks.

Coombs did not address those accusations.

Prosecutors are trying to prove Manning aided the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.

The release of sensitive material was the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

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