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Military judge rules Manning's motive mostly inadmissible in Wikileaks case

David Dishneau | Associated press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge's ruling on Wednesday tightly limited an Army private's ability to argue he had good reasons for allegedly sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Pfc. Bradley Manning can use motive evidence at his June 3 trial only to show that he didn't know the leaked material would be seen by al-Qaida, or to seek leniency at sentencing, Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pretrial hearing. Evidence of motive isn't relevant to the other charges, she said.

Prosecutors say Manning told an online confidant-turned-government-informant that he leaked the material because "I want people to see the truth" and "information should be free." Lind said such material is only relevant as evidence of "whether he knew he was dealing with the enemy."

She also barred Manning from using at trial any reports compiled by government agencies that concluded the WikiLeaks revelations didn't compromise national security. The defense can use such material only during sentencing.

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L - Loyalty
D - Duty
R - Respect
S - Selfless Service
H - Honor
I - Integrity
P - Personal Courage

What part of LDRSHIP did Manning not display during his active duty service, COLONEL? This PFC should be a damn NCO by now: The BACKBONE of the army.

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

You want the truth America?

You want the truth America? You can't handle the truth!

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Oh man,

I was so going to come over here and scream

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! But I see you answered yourself before I could.


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I feel badly that this soldier is being punished for exposing the truth in our military. Could their lack of transparency be the very thing that caused his reaction. And, how much would this "secret keeping" be one of the causes for the increased suicide amongst our veterans?!