Thomson Reuters; June 3, 2013
U.S. military prosecutors said arrogance drove the American soldier who went on trial on Monday accused of orchestrating the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history through the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website three years ago.
But at the opening of the court-martial of intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, 25, his defense lawyer portrayed him as a naïve young soldier who had leaked the documents, combat videos and other data because he wanted to reveal the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Private First Class Manning faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted at his court-martial in Fort Meade, Maryland, for leaking more than 700,000 secret documents in 2010, angering the United States government.
"This is a case of what happens when arrogance meets access to classified networks," lead prosecutor U.S. Army Captain Joe Morrow said in his opening comments in court at Fort Meade, Maryland. "This had great interest to our adversaries and to our enemies."
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