FORT LEWIS, Washington (AP) — A soldier accused of trying to pass military information to al Qaeda was shown in a videotape at his court martial Tuesday detailing weaknesses of the Army’s primary battle tank to undercover federal agents.
The audio was muted on segments of the tape, and a gray blur obstructed Spc. Ryan G. Anderson’s mouth to block what he was saying at times. Prosecutors say Anderson believed the men were members of the al Qaeda terrorist network.
“I have no belief in what the American Army asked me to do,” Anderson said on the video. “They sent me to die.”
The second day of Anderson’s court-martial was closed to the public for long stretches so the judge and jury of commissioned officers could hear sensitive or classified testimony.
On the tape, Anderson offers sketches and information about weaknesses in the M1A1 Abrams and identifies the crew compartment, main gun and other components he described as vulnerable.
Prosecutors attempted to show that information on the tape could have endangered soldiers’ lives.
Al Qaeda expert Christopher Wallace testified that the details Anderson shared would have been helpful to terrorists, but acknowledged during cross-examination that the information also could be found on the Internet.
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