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Jul 26, 2013 10:39 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Defense attorney: Bradley Manning a whistleblower


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A defense attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning says the soldier is a whistleblower who wanted the American public to know about the awful things he saw as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Attorney David Coombs delivered his closing arguments Friday in Manning's court-martial. Manning is charged with 21 offenses, but the most serious is aiding the enemy. That charges carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison.

Prosecutors gave their closing arguments Thursday. They said Manning was a traitor whose only mission was to find and reveal government secrets to WikiLeaks, then bask in the attention as a whistleblower.

A judge, not a jury is hearing the case at Manning's request. She could begin her deliberations Friday but it's not clear exactly when she will rule.

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