Defense: Manning Meant Well

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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    As one whistleblowing scandal rages on another is coming to a quiet close. On Thursday, a prosecutor delivered closing arguments in the trial of Bradley Manning, an Army private who leaked U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. The day after Manning was called a "traitor" and "anarchist," his defense attorney had his turn. In the counter-narrative, Manning was called "a good-intentioned soldier who had human life and his humanist beliefs center to his decisions" and that his actions were intended to improve public knowledge and debate. It's up to a single judge to determine which story wins out. But either way, it holds massive consequences for future leakers.

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