Evidence al-Qaida “received” WikiLeaks information permitted in Manning trial
On the first day of the latest round of pre-trial hearings in the Bradley Manning court martial proceedings, military judge Col. Denise Lind ruled that the government would be permitted to use evidence that al-Qaida and specifically Osama bin Laden "received" material published by WikiLeaks as a part of the prosecution's most serious charge -- that Manning "aided the enemy."
Reporting from the Fort Meade courtroom, Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola noted, Lind "wholly rejected the arguments the defense had made that evidence involving receipt of information by al-Qaida or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) would be prejudicial to proceedings."
However, Lind also ruled that the onus will be on the government to prove that Manning aided the enemy. As Gosztola reported: