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Alleged 'WikiLeaker' sees first visitor

By Laurie Ure, CNN National Security Producer
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pvt. Bradley Manning was visited at Quantico Marine Corps base
  • A nonprofit organization has raised $35,000 for his defense

Washington (CNN) -- The Army private being held in solitary confinement for allegedly leaking a secret military video from the Iraq war to the WikiLeaks website received his first visitor in the past week, according to a Military District of Washington spokesman.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, the Army intelligence analyst charged in the case, was visited by his aunt Sunday at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, where Manning has been held in solitary confinement since July 29, the spokesman said.

Manning is facing eight counts of violating U.S. Criminal Code for allegedly leaking the video. He is also believed to be the prime suspect in the latest leak of scores of documents to WikiLeaks.org. It was the largest-ever intelligence leak in American history.

Jeff Paterson with the nonprofit organization bradleymanning.org said his group has raised $35,000 for Manning's civilian defense, largely from donations received through the website.

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Paterson told CNN he believes the group will "meet our goals in a couple of weeks. We're pleased with the progress."

Manning already has three military attorneys provided to him at no charge by the Department of Defense.