Government Opposes Vast Majority of Manning Witnesses
Follow @GretchenMargDecember 9, 2011, 4:39 pm ET
According to Bradley Manning’s attorney, the government filed a request opposing all but 10 of the 48 witnesses the defense has asked to testify at a pretrial hearing that begins on Dec. 16. The 10 exceptions overlap with the government’s own list.
Manning is charged with 22 counts related his alleged leaking of hundreds of thousands of U.S. documents and cables to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. He faces the potential of life in prison.
Wired’s Kim Zetter writes:
Three mental health workers who “treated or examined” Manning are on Coombs’ witness list.
Other types of witnesses the government opposes, says Zetter, include “the testimony of case agents who worked directly on the investigation” and “witnesses who could testify to the classification level of the information that Manning allegedly leaked.”
And, of course, Sec. Clinton and President Obama.
Coombs says he filed “a request to compel the production [PDF] of the witnesses” yesterday, which he expects to be ruled on by the end of the week.
For background, here’s more on the defense’s potential strategy for the upcoming hearing. Also watch our film WikiSecrets for more on Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks, and take a look at Manning’s Facebook page, which reveals more about his state of mind in the days and months before his arrest.
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