FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A U.S. military expert on al-Qaida says the terrorist group could have used the classified information Army Pfc. Bradley Manning disclosed through WikiLeaks to plan attacks on U.S. forces.
Navy Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein (ah-BOOL' ah-NYN') testified Thursday at Manning's sentencing hearing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
The witness acknowledged his testimony was speculative. The military judge allowed him to testify over strenuous defense objections. She will rule as early as Friday on whether the evidence is admissible.
Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for giving more than 700,000 documents to the anti-secrecy group while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. The leaked material included battlefield reports.
Prosecutors could rest their case in the sentencing phase of the court-martial as early as Friday.