FORT MEADE, Md., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Defense attorneys at the WikiLeaks trial of U.S Army Pfc. Bradley Manning have asked a military judge to block emails found on Osama bin Laden’s hard drives.
The prosecution wants to use the emails found at the bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence that Manning “aided the enemy,” a charge that carries a potential life sentence, Courthouse News Service reported.
Those emails have not been made public, and the defense is expected to challenge their authenticity.
Populist Kucinich sniffs a chance for publicity with a cult crowd*
A U.S. lawmaker said he requested Friday a visit with the Army soldier accused of leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
“I am concerned about reports of his treatment while in custody that describe alarming abuses of his constitutional rights and his physical health,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Kucinich, a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement that he wants an “explanation of reports that the Army ignored evidence of mental health problems of Pfc. (Bradley) Manning, and that he is being held in conditions that could contribute (to) a violation of the his Eighth Amendment right of protection from ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment.”
[* for those who haven’t figured this out yet: a lot of the wikileaks fans are the same old Orange Jumpsuit troofer dudes who used to follow both Dennis K and and the R.Pauls.]