Manning Defense Focuses On Mental Health

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U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he leaves his military trial after he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 charges, July 30, 2013 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he leaves his military trial after he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 charges, July 30, 2013 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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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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