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Judge explains guilty verdict in Manning case

Fort Meade, Md.

Judge explains guilty verdict in Manning case

The enormous leak of classified information engineered by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was "heedless" and "imminently dangerous to others," a military judge said Friday in a document explaining why she found him guilty of 20 counts, including six violations of the federal Espionage Act. Army Col. Denise Lind released her legal rationale, or "special findings," as the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial neared its end. Lawyers will make closing arguments Monday, and Lind said she would announce the sentence as soon as Tuesday. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for sending more than 700,000 military and diplomatic documents, plus some battlefield video, to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. WikiLeaks published most of the material on its website.

South Africa

Pistorius will face murder charge

Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter, will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and he will go on trial in early 2014, about a year after shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, 26, denies he committed murder and says he shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet cubicle door in his bathroom in the early hours of Feb. 14 thinking she was a dangerous nighttime intruder.

Elsewhere

Philippines: A ferry with more than 800 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 24 people. Hundreds were rescued, the coast guard said today. Dozens were still missing.

Boise, Idaho: Sheriff's deputies Friday expanded evacuation orders to 1,600 homes near the Idaho mountain resort community of Sun Valley as a wind-driven wildfire burned its way through sage and pine trees.

Washington: The Energy Department said in a memo to employees that personal information for about 14,000 past and current employees was compromised after the department's computers were hacked. Information such as Social Security numbers and names was disclosed in the attack, which occurred in late July.

India: Naval divers recovered four badly burned bodies Friday from the submarine that exploded and sank in Mumbai with 18 crew members aboard, according to the Indian news agencies. Naval officials said it was highly unlikely that any survivors would be found.

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Judge explains guilty verdict in Manning case

08/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 11:19pm]
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