Earlier in the week, lead prosecutor Ashden Fein raised concerns about allowing Manning to read a prepared statement, saying the move would deny the government an opportunity to cross examine its contents.
"Some aggravation is likely to occur during a dialogue with a judge.
It's just strange for the accused to be sworn, and then read a prepared statement," Fein
said on Wednesday that the government planned to call 141 witnesses, including 15 who would say WikiLeaks information caused harm to the United States.
asked for closed-door sessions on 33 of those witnesses, because some of their testimony could reveal classified information.