WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history wants to be able to defend himself at trial by arguing in part that the leaks didn't do much harm.
But military prosecutors say the consequences of the leaks -- big or small -- aren't relevant.
A leak is a leak, they say, and 24-year-old Bradley Manning is guilty of sending hundreds of thousands of documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Prosecutors say they aren't required to prove the leaks caused harm. And they don't want jurors improperly confused by the suggestion the leaked material didn't significantly affect national security.