Bin Laden Raid Member Suffered Brain Trauma, Will Testify In Manning Trial

Government prosecutors in the Bradley Manning trial may soon call as a witness a participant in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound who suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to the Huffington Post.

A filing from the potential witness, dated April 29 and published Monday by the Huffington Post, only identifies the raid member as “John Doe.” The soldier admits in that filing to having “occasional short-term memory deficiencies” as far back as “2 to 3 years ago,” before the time of the raid, due to “repetitive TBI [traumatic brain injury], but not major trauma.”

The soldier affirms in the filing that the injuries “do not impact my life in any discernible way, but requires understanding and triages to work through it.”

Prosecutors said they may question the raid member to determine whether files Manning leaked to WikiLeaks ended up in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, per the Huffington Post report.

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