The question of whether a military coup took place has vexed the White House. Under US law, most aid must stop to "any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d'etat or decree" or toppled in "a coup d'etat or decree in which the military plays a decisive role".
But the president is less confused by the definition of traitor.
In their closing arguments, Army prosecutors portrayed Bradley Manning as an anarchist and a man hungry for fame who was fully aware that his leak of hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks would end up in the hands of America’s enemies, particularly al Qaeda.
“He was not a whistleblower, he was a traitor,” said Major Ashlend Fein, wrapping up nearly five hours of closing arguments on Thursday.