Manning To Testify At Sentencing Hearing
Former Fort Drum soldier Bradley Manning is set to make a public statement Wednesday as his sentencing hearing nears an end.His defense attorney, David Coombs, says the Army private can decide Wednesday whether he will testify as a witness or make a sworn or unsworn statement. An unsworn statement cannot be cross-examined by the prosecution. Manning faces up 90 years in prison for leaking huge amounts of classified information to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. He says he wanted to expose wrongdoing and provoke public debate about the U.S. military and diplomatic affairs. The witness list Wednesday also includes a mental health expert and Manning family members, including his aunt, Debra Van Alstyne.