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July 2, 2013

Prosecution rests in Manning's WikiLeaks trial

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FORT MEADE, Md. —

The trial is being heard by a judge, not a jury. It began June 3 and was in session for 14 days before the prosecution rested.

Prosecutors requested fewer courtroom closures to discuss classified information than they projected before the trial started. Maj. Ashden Fein initially said as much as 30 percent of the government's case would require closing the courtroom, but there were only three secret sessions.

"They may have felt that it was not serving public confidence in the administration of justice to run any more of it than was absolutely necessary behind closed doors," said Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School.

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

Despite his pleas, prosecutors are seeking to convict him of the original charges.

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