Closing arguments begin in WikiLeaks case

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Closing arguments are starting in the preliminary hearing for an Army intelligence analyst accused of creating the biggest national security leak in U.S. history.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are making their case Thursday on the seventh day of Pfc. Bradley Manning's hearing. Presiding officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza will have until Jan. 16 to recommend whether the 19-year-old should stand trial for aiding the enemy and 21 other charges.

Manning is accused of giving large amounts of classified data to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

There is no deadline for a final decision by Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington.

The standard of proof is whether reasonable grounds exist to believe Manning committed the alleged offenses.

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