Defense seeks documents in Army WikiLeaks case

HAGERSTOWN — The Army intelligence analyst suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks says a White House review concluded the alleged leaks did no real damage to national security.

Pfc. Bradley Manning’s defense attorney made the claim in a court filing he released publicly on Monday.

The filing also claims a Defense Department review found that all the information allegedly leaked was either dated, represented low-level opinions or was already known due to previous public disclosures.

Manning is seeking the reports to aid in his defense.

His lawyer also contends it was common for soldiers to add unauthorized software to their work computers. Two of the 22 counts Manning faces allege he added unauthorized programs to his work station.

Manning’s first hearing is set for Dec. 16 at Fort Meade.

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