FT. MEADE, Md. --
Fein stood in his blue, decorated uniform before the judge and outlined the heart of the government’s case -- that Manning all along sought out WikiLeaks as his vehicle for exposing more than 700,000 combat videos, detainee assessments,
"He was not a naive soldier," Fein said.
He told the judge, Col. Denise Lind, that the government rejected the defense claim that Manning was troubled by what he learned while stationed in an intelligence-gathering hut southeast of Baghdad and wanted to share with the public his concerns that the
In truth, said Fein, "the only human Pfc. Manning ever cared about was himself."
On the wall in the small courtroom he displayed a picture of Manning appearing "gleeful and grinning" when he sent his first links to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, and signed it, "Have a Good Day." Said Fein, "He was interested in making a name for himself. The flag meant nothing to him."
The government presented 160 documents and more than 80 witnesses in its effort to prove Manning deserves life in prison for espionage and efforts to aid the enemy. Fein noted that the 25-year-old soldier not only underwent extensive training against leaking classified material but also taught it to fellow intelligence analysts.
"He understood what he taught others," the prosecutor said. "He knew releasing such information on the Internet would be in the hands of terrorists and other adversaries of this nation."
The government's case also showed that once Manning approached WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, they began to collaborate to disclose more and more material. Fein said Manning was so deep into it with Assange that he once told the man notorious for his campaign against government secrets that he totally embraced his ideology. "Government agencies can't control information," Manning told Assange.
Defense attorneys are scheduled to start their closing argument later this afternoon.