Courtroom closures less likely in WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — It appears less likely that the courtroom will be closed to spectators and reporters covering the military trial of an Army private who gave reams of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks.

Testimony in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning resumes Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy and other offenses.

On Tuesday, defense attorney David Coombs said he had no objection to the military judge silently reading the classified portions of written witness statements rather than having prosecutors read them aloud. The courtroom would not need to be closed if the judge read the statements to herself.

Prosecutors have said they plan to present as many as 17 witness statements this week.

The former intelligence analyst says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing.

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