WikiLeaks: US ‘to call bin Laden raid Navy Seal to testify against Bradley Manning’
The US government is believed to be preparing to put a Navy Seal on the witness stand to testify that secret files published by WikiLeaks were discovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound.
President Obama’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan comes as no surprise. The US is looking to demonstrate progress in stabilising Afghanistan; also that the ‘surge’ contingent of 30,000 troops sent in last year was temporary.
By Raf Sanchez, Fort Meade, Maryland
10:32PM GMT 26 Feb 2013
Prosecutors trying Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old soldier accused of engineering the largest intelligence leak in US history, are seeking to prove that al-Qaeda directly benefitted from access to the classified files.
They claim that when bin Laden requested information about US defence policy a subordinate emailed him with data taken from the trove of documents WikiLeaks published on the internet.
Today, prosecutors argued they should be allowed to call a military “operator” – a common term for a US commando – as a witness, saying he could offer testimony about evidence collected from the 2011 raid in Pakistan.