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Judge rules Manning must face aiding the enemy charge in WikLeaks case

Fort Meade, Md.

Manning must face aiding enemy charge

The judge in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning refused Thursday to dismiss the most serious charge against him, damaging his prospects for emerging from the trial as a whistle-blower concerned about government abuse rather than a disgruntled soldier driven to assist al-Qaida. The decision by Col. Denise Lind upholding the charge of aiding the enemy signaled she may be preparing to find Manning guilty. This could mean Manning, who gave the antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks more than 700,000 U.S. intelligence files, videos and diplomatic cables, might spend the rest of his life in a military brig with no chance of parole.

Panama City, Panama

Former CIA station chief is arrested

Panamanian authorities have arrested a retired CIA station chief who was convicted in absentia in Italy for kidnapping an Egyptian cleric who was accused of terrorism and then sent back to Egypt for questioning and a jail term, Italian media reported. Robert Seldon Lady was the CIA station chief in Milan when Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was pulled from the streets of that city as part of an operation that Italian prosecutors later said involved 22 American agents, all of whom fled Italy soon afterward. Italy's main news agency, ANSA, reported that Lady was detained in Panama and that Italian Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri would have two months to request his extradition.

Boston

Potential Bulger witness found dead

A man who had hoped to testify in the ongoing racketeering trial of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and openly despised him has been found dead, authorities said Thursday. A jogger found the body of Stephen Rakes on Wednesday afternoon in woods on the side of a street in Lincoln, Mass. Officials said they found no signs of trauma. Authorities conducted an autopsy Thursday and were awaiting results of toxicology tests to determine the 59-year-old Quincy man's cause of death.

Grosseto, Italy

Captain requests tests on shipwreck

The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia asked the judge at his manslaughter trial Thursday to order tests on the cruise liner's wreckage to determine why electrical and other systems failed after the vessel struck a reef off an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people. The outcome of the request from Francesco Schettino, the sole defendant, won't be known until at least September. After only two full days of hearings, the judge Thursday adjourned the trial until Sept. 23 for summer break.

Elsewhere

Jordan: Angry Syrian refugees confronted visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday with demands for the United States and the international community to do more to help opponents of President Bashar Assad's regime.

Harrisburg, Pa.: Penn State University has reached tentative settlements totaling about $60 million so far with men who claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trustee said Thursday.

San Francisco: The University of California governing board has approved Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus college system.

Times wires

Judge rules Manning must face aiding the enemy charge in WikLeaks case 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:12pm]
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