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Hacker Who Turned In WikiLeaks Soldier Testifies


A former computer hacker who alerted U.S. authorities to Private Bradley Manning giving information to the WikiLeaks website has said the soldier's intention was not to aid the enemy.

Adrian Lamo, testifying in court on June 4, said he chatted online with Manning in May 2010 and learned about Manning’s connection to the whistle-blowing website.

Lamo said Manning described himself as a "broken soul" but at no time indicated he was turning over sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables to aid the enemy.

Manning confirmed in court on June 3 that he was pleading guilty to 10 charges, but not to the most serious one he faces -- the charge of aiding the enemies of the United States.

If convicted of that count, the 25-year-old could face a sentence of life in prison.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa
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