WikiLeaks US soldier 'naive'

The attorney of US soldier Private Bradley Manning has described his client as 'Young, naive, but good intentioned' during a brief opening statement. Manning is accused of passing on a quarter of a million secret files to the website WikiLeaks.

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American soldier goes on trial in WikiLeaks case

The trial has begun of an American soldier accused of providing thousands of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website. In its opening statement, the prosecution said Private Bradley Manning dumped classified documents onto the internet and into enemy hands.

A poster of Private Bradley Manning outside the US Army's Fort George G Meade in Maryland Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors are trying to prove Manning helped the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. Manning says he did not believe the information would harm the US.

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