Manning, WikiLeaks endangered entire Afghan villages

FILE - In this July 30, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after receiving a verdict in his court martial. A military judge has reduced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's maximum possible sentence in the WikiLeaks case to 90 years in prison. Judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, found during his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, that a number of the charges refer to the same actions and therefore were duplicative for sentencing purposes. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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At the sentencing hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, a Pentagon official said the classified information Manning gave to WikiLeaks to publish put entire communities in danger.

The classified info that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning dished to WikiLeaks put entire Afghan villages at risk of harm from the Taliban for cooperating with U.S. forces, a Pentagon official testified Friday.

Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, director of warfare integration, testified at the 25-year-old soldier’s sentencing hearing that WikiLeaks’ publication of more than 90,000 Afghanistan battlefield reports in July 2010 included details about “a significant number” of people who helped U.S. forces. Donegan said the U.S. had a moral and ethical duty to inform those people and communities of the danger, a process that took nine months.

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, director of warfare integration, says the U.S. had to warn the people and communities exposed by WikiLeaks, a process that took nine months.

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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, director of warfare integration, says the U.S. had to warn the people and communities exposed by WikiLeaks, a process that took nine months.

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Manning’s defense team will begin presenting evidence Monday in the court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. Defense attorney David Coombs said Manning will give a statement before the defense rests on Wednesday.

Donegan says publication of more than 90,000 Afghanistan battlefield reports included details about 'a significant number' of people who helped U.S. forces.

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Donegan says publication of more than 90,000 Afghanistan battlefield reports included details about ‘a significant number’ of people who helped U.S. forces.

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