Bin Laden raid member can be WikiLeaks witness

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013

Earlier Wednesday, Lind denied a government motion seeking to lower the bar for convicting Manning of violating the federal Espionage Act. He is charged with eight counts of that offense. Lind ruled, contrary to the motion, that prosecutors must prove Manning had reason to believe that the information he leaked could hurt the United States or help a foreign nation.

Lind released written copies of the day's first two rulings to reporters. It was the first time since she got the case in February 2012 that she has made her written orders publicly available. The lack of contemporaneous public access to rulings and motions is being challenged in the military appeals courts by the Center for Constitutional Rights, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and several left-leaning pundits and publications, with support from 30 news organizations, including The Associated Press.

In February, the military began releasing Lind's older rulings amid numerous Freedom of Information Act requests. Her written rulings on Wednesday were distributed by a military attorney who said Lind released them partly because neither the prosecution nor the defense objected.

The hearing ended Wednesday.

Manning pleaded guilty in February to lesser versions of some of the 22 charges he faces. Prosecutors have said they still intend to prove him guilty of the all the original charges.

His trial is scheduled to start June 3 at Fort Meade. It could last for 12 weeks.

The 25-year-old native of Crescent, Okla., is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, State Department diplomatic cables, other classified records and two battlefield video clips to WikiLeaks in 2009 and 2010 while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.

In a statement he read aloud in court Feb. 28, Manning said he sent the material to the anti-secrecy website to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.