Defense takes the stage in Manning trial

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FORT MEADE, Md.– Oklahoma Army Private Bradley Manning never meant to harm national security; that’s what his defense team is trying to prove as the case enters its second day.

Monday, Manning’s lawyers opened their defense by showing the video Manning admits to leaking.

The clip shows U.S. airmen in the cockpit of a helicopter during an attack, firing on unarmed Iraqi civilians and children.

Manning says the video troubled him and he believed Americans deserved to know how the Pentagon was waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning’s lawyers are now seeking acquittal on the charge of aiding the enemy, which carries a life sentence.