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FT. MEADE, Md. (CN) - At his last hearing before his June 3 trial, Pfc. Bradley Manning stipulated that the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound turned up Osama bin Laden's instructions to an al-Qaida member to find secret files published by WikiLeaks.
The "same member of al-Qaida" replied to bin Laden with Department of State and Afghanistan "war log" information that the secret-spilling website released, according to the stipulation. Prosecutors promised that they could prove this link at a hearing late last year, and Manning waived his right to contest the connection on the witness stand Tuesday morning.
(Source: Courthouse News)
During a statement he delivered at his plea, Manning testified that he chose files, and categories of files, that he believed would provoke public debate about how the U.S. conducts war and diplomacy, without putting national security at risk.
For example, he said that he viewed the Afghanistan war logs as low sensitivity "historical data" and only released diplomatic cables marked "SIP-DIS," a designation intended for wide distribution among government employees.