Pentagon official testifies at Manning's trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013
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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A video of a U.S. Apache helicopter attack leaked by Pfc. Bradley Manning revealed sensitive information that could help enemies plan deadlier assaults, according to a Pentagon official's statement read Wednesday at the soldier's court-martial.

The cockpit video showed digital display information about the helicopter's airspeed and angles of engagement, according to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon LaRue's statement that was admitted as evidence.

"Enemies can anticipate U.S. operations and plan more effective attacks as a result," LaRue said in his statement.

LaRue is an Apache helicopter expert. His statement was about a 2007 attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

Prosecutors want to convict Manning of 21 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. They say he divulged information that found its way to Osama bin Laden.

Manning, a 25-year-old Oklahoma native, has said he didn't believe that the more than 700,000 battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and video clips he leaked while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad would hurt national security.

Also Wednesday, a defense attorney won an objection after prosecutors said they could not produce a computer security agreement the soldier signed after arriving in Iraq in 2009.

Manning allegedly violated the agreement in three of charges he faces: two military charges for adding unauthorized software to his work computer and one federal computer fraud charge for exceeding his authorized access.

Prosecutors wanted to enter a sample form of the agreement into evidence but Manning's attorney David Coombs objected and the judge didn't allow it.



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