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WikiLeaks 'most wanted' list becomes evidence in Manning trial

Jose Luis Magana, AP

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning arrives at the courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on June 28, for his court-martial. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison.

A military judge on Monday allowed prosecutors in the Bradley Manning trial to use a WikiLeaks “most wanted" list as evidence against the Army private who revealed secret documents to the world.

WikiLeaks’ "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009" list was proposed as evidence Manning in order to support the most serious of the 21 charges that Manning faces — aiding the enemy.

Military prosecutors argue that Manning assisted al Qaeda by dumping a slew of classified documents into the hands of the anti-secrecy advocates at WikiLeaks in 2010.

According to the WikiLeaks website, their “Most Wanted Leaks of 2009” was a wish-list of knowledge from the frivolous, “The Editorial Guidelines for Fox News” to the more serious requests for information on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Manning has admitted to sending WikiLeaks the latter, as well as war logs disclosing lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as over 250,000 State Department diplomatic correspondences.  

Manning justifies each of his actions, saying he wanted to reveal the military’s lack of value for human lives and the government’s duplicitous actions in foreign affairs. He said he didn’t consider the information that he leaked as a national security risk.

Prosecutors yesterday also submitted as evidence a passage of from an al Qaeda online magazine that reads, "anything useful from WikiLeaks is useful for archiving."

They also presented evidence that, before his death, Osama bin Laden specifically requested and attained the documents that Manning provided to WikiLeaks and a transcript from Adam Gadahn, an al Qaeda spokesman in which he said, "By the grace of God the enemy's interests are today spread all over the place."

Manning, whose trial started on June 3, has  pleaded guilty to reduced charges on seven of eight espionage counts and two computer fraud counts. He also pleaded guilty to violating a military regulation prohibiting wrongful storage of classified information. The offenses he has admitted to carry a combined maximum prison term of 20 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.