Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:15:00 GMT | By Reuters

Manning's court-martial wrestles online evidence rules

Manning's attorneys had argued that Twitter postings offered by prosecutors did not meet evidence standards


Manning's court-martial wrestles online evidence rules (© Reuters)

Washington: The trial of a US soldier accused of providing classified materials to WikiLeaks is unique for the size of the leak and also faces the unresolved cyber-age issue of whether Tweets and Web pages can be admitted as evidence.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind was left to wrestle with this question when the court-martial of Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of the largest leak of classified material in US history, last convened a week ago.

Manning's attorneys had argued that Twitter postings offered by prosecutors did not meet evidence standards.

When the trial resumes on Wednesday, it will take up the issue, which is sufficiently thorny that the US federal court system's Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules is to meet in October to weigh whether its rules should be changed to take into account technological advances in how evidence is preserved and presented.

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