FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Closing arguments are under way at Fort Meade in a pretrial hearing for an Army private charged with giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.
Pfc. Bradley Manning's lawyer said Tuesday that a Marine Corps general was so fearful of bad publicity he made sure Manning was confined for nine months in conditions so harsh they amounted to illegal punishment.
The government claims the tight restrictions at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., were to keep Manning safe and prevent him from killing or hurting himself.
Manning is asking the military judge to dismiss all 22 charges because of his treatment. They include aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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