Manning's trial will be closed to public to protect evidence
Lawyers for the US soldier accused of aiding the enemy by leaking thousands of classified documents have raised no objection to a proposal to temporarily close his trial to the public and press to protect evidence.
As Bradley Manning's trial entered its fourth week, defence attorney David Coombs yesterday told the military judge he had no objection to closing the courtroom while prosecutors read aloud classified sections of written witness statements.
The statements may include evidence about more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables Mr Manning is accused of stealing from a classified computer database. Mr Manning denies the theft charge but has acknowledged he sent the cables to WikiLeaks.