November 29th, 2012
08:21 PM ET

Bradley Manning testifies for first time at abuse hearing

Our third story OutFront – allegations of abuse

Army Private Bradley Manning took the stand in his own defense for the first time today.

The former intelligence analyst is charged in the largest leak of classified material in American history, he's accused of stealing thousands of military and State Department documents, which ended up on WikiLeaks.

Manning says he suffered abuse when he was confined to Marine Corps brig for nine months. Last night on OutFront, Erin spoke to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and he spoke in support of Manning.

OutFront tonight is CNN's Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon.


OUTFRONT UPDATE 11/30/2012: Prosecutors cross examined Manning today in an attempt to poke holes in his claims of abuse. Manning testified yesterday that he was forced to stand naked in his cell after expressing suicidal thoughts. His underwear was removed because he threatened to hang himself with it, although his guards provided him with a blanket and he admitted today that no order was ever given to specifically drop the blanket while standing. Manning's lawyers hope to prove mistreatment and parlay that into a shorter sentence during his actual court martial.

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