Manning Sentencing: Judge Rejects Claim Leaks had ‘Chilling Effect’ On US Foreign Relations

Photo Credit: APThe judge at US soldier Bradley Manning’s sentencing hearing rejected some government evidence Wednesday that the classified information he disclosed through the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks had a “chilling effect” on US foreign relations.

The judge ruled that such testimony is admissible only if the effect came directly after the information was published.

She threw out State Department undersecretary Patrick Kennedy’s testimony that leaked information published more than two years ago continues to hurt US foreign relations and policymaking.

The judge also has rejected acting assistant secretary Michael Kozak’s testimony that the leaks had made some foreign citizens, including human rights activists, less willing to speak privately with US diplomats.

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