Manning Defense Focuses On Mental Health

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Lawyers opening their sentencing case for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are focusing on his mental health and failures within his chain of command.

The defense opened its case Monday in the court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

The former intelligence analyst faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing reams of classified information through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning’s brigade commander in Iraq, Col. David Miller, testified that the brigade deployed in late 2009 with a shortage of intelligence analysts.

He says he didn’t learn until after Manning’s arrest in May 2010 that the soldier had had a number of emotional outbursts that included overturning a table during a counseling session.

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