Closing Arguments in Pre-Trial for Wikileaks Suspect Bradley Manning

Thursday, December 22, 2011

US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (L), surrounded by US military, arrives at a US military Magistrate Court facility during an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland on December 19, 2011 (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

A seven day pre-trial that closes Thursday will determine if Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, a suspect in leaking confidential military and diplomatic intelligence, faces a court-martial. Manning's defense lawyers claim that the Army's computer security was lacking and a faulty chain of command. Meanwhile, his prosecutors have brought 21 witnesses to the stand in the hopes of establishing traitorous intent.

Denver Nicks is the author of "Private," a forthcoming book about Bradley Manning, and has been covering the trial since its beginning. He discusses the latest developments in the trial.

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