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Bradley Manning Prosecutors Nearing End Of Sentencing Case

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08:  Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is escorted from a hearing, on January 8, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is escorted from a hearing, on January 8, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning attended a motion hearing in the case of United States vs. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who is charged with aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet. He is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By DAVID DISHNEAU, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT MEADE, Md. — Prosecutors are nearing the end of their sentencing case in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Just two witnesses remain on the government's schedule for Friday's session at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. He claims he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing and provoke discussion about U.S. military and public affairs.

Prosecutors have presented evidence that the leaks put some foreign citizens at risk of harm and hampered U.S. foreign relations. Several ambassadors were recalled or expelled. And there was a pullback in interagency sharing of classified information.

The defense case beginning Monday will focus on assertions by Manning and his lawyers that he was a naive, but well-intentioned soldier.

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