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Bradley Manning: pre-trial hearing ends as case goes to military judge

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The two-week hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, lasted far longer than intended and turned into a dramatic spectacle in which Manning effectively turned his court-martial on its head and put the US military on trial. In his closing argument, the soldier's main civilian lawyer, David Coombs, said that the most amazing element of his nine-month solitary confinement under suicide-prevention restrictions at the marine brig in Quantico, Virginia, was that his spirit had remained unbroken.
"Being watched or viewed almost as a zoo animal for that period of time has to weigh on somebody's psyche," Coombs told the court.

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