Courtroom closures eyed in WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are preparing for the trial’s first courtroom closures to protect classified evidence.

Testimony resumes Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy and other offenses for admittedly sending reams of classified information to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.

On Tuesday, defense attorney David Coombs said he had no objection to the military judge temporarily closing the courtroom to the public and press to hear prosecutors read aloud the classified sections of written witness statements.

Prosecutors have said they plan to present as many as 17 witness statements this week. They could include evidence about U.S. diplomatic cables Manning admittedly leaked.

The former intelligence analyst says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing by American service members and diplomats.

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