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Soldier Shown Telling Secrets of Battle Tank

September 01, 2004|From Associated Press

FT. LEWIS, Wash. — 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 at times a gray blur obstructed Spc. Ryan G. Anderson's mouth. Prosecutors said Anderson believed the men were members of Al Qaeda.

"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 for sensitive or classified testimony.

On the tape, Anderson offers sketches and information about the M1-A1 Abrams and identifies the crew compartment, main gun and other components he described as vulnerable.

Prosecutors attempted to show that the information could have endangered soldiers' lives.

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