Military Judge COL Denise Lind today denied a defense motion to dismiss the aiding the enemy charges against PFC Bradley Manning of Wiki[shhh] fame. AP (via WaPo here) reports that:
[D]efense attorney David Coombs had argued that the charge didn’t properly allege that Manning intended to help al-Qaida when he allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war reports and State Department diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website Wiki[shhh].
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Prosecutors had argued that Manning knew the enemy would see the material when it appeared on Wiki[shhh], regardless of his intentions.
Lind said Thursday that prosecutors must prove during trial that Manning knew he was giving information to the enemy. If they fail to do so, Lind indicated she would consider a defense motion to dismiss the charge.
Judge Lind dealt with other motions on multiplicity and a government request to limit defense evidence about the harm caused by the leaked information. Our prior coverage of the other happenings in the Manning case are here and here.