July 15, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- As military prosecutors wrapped up their case against Bradley Manning just before the Fourth of July, their most serious charge against the Army private first class -- aiding the enemy -- rested tenuously on circumstantial evidence.
Texas Tech University law professor Richard Rosen said that to convict Manning of aiding the enemy, the government "must prove that Manning knowingly gave intelligence information to the enemy. In other words, it must show something more than Manning should have known that the intelligence might reach al Qaeda. It may, however, show actual knowledge by circumstantial evidence."