General: Manning leaks fractured US relationships

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 3:34 PM

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The sentencing hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is starting out with a look at the damage he caused by leaking troves of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert Carr testified Wednesday the classified documents Manning disclosed through the website fractured U.S. military relationships with foreign governments and Afghan villagers.

Carr headed a Defense Department task force that assessed the fallout from the leaks. He says the material identified hundreds of Afghan villagers by name, causing some of them to stop helping U.S. forces.

It's the first time during the soldier's court-martial that testimony has been allowed about the actual damage the leaks caused.

Manning faces up to 136 years in prison following his convictions Tuesday on 20 charges.

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