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Bradley Manning court-martial case begins

On Monday, the court-martial case against Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier accused of leaking classified information, got underway. 

Prosecutors gave an hour-long opening statement in which they alleged that Manning's actions put the lives of soldiers at risk, the Washington Post reported. Nearly three years ago, Manning was arrested in Iraq and accused of one of the largest breaches of classified data in American history. 

The Guardian noted that prosecutors spent the majority of the day linking Manning to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. During a six-month period from 2009 to 2012, lawyers claimed that Manning and Assange built a close relationship that enabled Assange to advise Manning on which files to leak. 

Among the notable files Manning is accused of accessing and leaking is a video that displayed a helicopter attack in Baghdad that resulted in several civilian deaths in 2007, according to The Guardian. Two Reuters journalists were killed in that particular incident. 

The source stated that Manning is facing 21 separate counts relating to the alleged leaks. Depending on the outcome of the case, he could spend the rest of his life in a military prison. 

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