Disguised SEAL Team Sixer Will Testify in Manning Trial

Government wants a host of other witnesses to testify in secret as well
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
Disguised SEAL Team Sixer Will Testify in Manning Trial
Bradley Manning is escorted from a security vehicle to a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., April 10, 2013, before a pretrial military hearing.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A member of the team that took down Osama bin Laden will testify in the trial of Bradley Manning wearing a "light disguise," the judge has ruled. The SEAL will testify under the name "John Doe" in a closed session at a secret alternative location on June 3, the Guardian reports. What's more, Manning's defense team will be required to adhere to strict guidelines in its cross examination, sticking to a per-arranged list of questions related to the Manning case.

The prosecution thinks the testimony will help prove that Manning "aided the enemy," the most serious charge against him. But the SEAL isn't the only sensitive witness on the docket. Three other witnesses will testify in closed sessions at secret locations, and the prosecution wants another 24 to testify in secret sessions, including a variety of high-ranking military and government officials. The judge hasn't decided whether to allow that; she pointed out that more transparent trials "inspire public confidence." (More Bradley Manning stories.)

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