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Judge Rules: Participant in Bin Laden Raid May Testify in Case Against Manning

According to an article by The Washington Post, Army Col. Denise Lind ruled yesterday that a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound may testify for the prosecution in the case against former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning.

Manning is awaiting a court martial for his role in the WikiLeaks security breach whereby approximately 700,000 documents and national security materials were leaked. As The Post reports, last month at Fort Meade Manning pleaded guilty to ten charges, although the prosecution is pursuing twenty-two additional charges, including aiding the enemy.

The article states that, during Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors argued that the potential witness, who is presumed to be a member of Navy SEAL Team 6 but who has only been identified as “John Doe,” has relevant knowledge about digital media that was found in bin Laden’s compound. This material, the prosecution submitted, will prove bin Laden had access to some of the leaked material. Manning’s defense countered that any evidence obtained during the raid “was not relevant to the charges against Manning.”

The judge will permit the witness to testify in a closed session at a secure location and with a light disguise but, she ruled, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the “enemy received” the material.


You can read the full Washington Post article here.

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