- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who faces court-martial for leaking sensitive U.S. intelligence information for WikiLeaks publication, may soon know his fate.

Testimony ended last week and closing arguments are set for Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

Pfc. Manning, a former intelligence analyst who hails from Oklahoma, faces several offense related to his release of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks between 2009 and 2010 — including aiding the enemy. His trial has lasted eight weeks so far at Fort Meade, outside Baltimore, Md.

Prior to closing arguments, the judge will rule on some motions brought by the defense to acquit on five counts of theft, AP reported.

The theft charges stem from Pfc. Manning’s alleged seizure of State Department diplomatic message, Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, threat assessments on Guantanamo Bay inmates and email addresses of various military service members.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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