Harvard Prof Is Star Witness At WikiLeaks Trial

8:03 AM, Jul 10, 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 Harvard law professor is the star defense witness in the court-martial of an Army private who gave classified information to WikiLeaks.

The defense has told supporters of Pfc. Bradley Manning that Yochai  Benkler is also the last witness they expect to call as the trial continues Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

Benkler has praised WikiLeaks as a new kind of journalistic enterprise. He says the prosecution of Manning is part of a broader attack on WikiLeaks aimed at crippling the anti-secrecy group.

Manning is charged with aiding the enemy for admittedly sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Manning says he meant to expose wrongdoing. Prosecutors say he knew the material would be seen by al-Qaida.


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