Fein was equally dismissive of the support Manning has received from civil liberties and anti-secrecy advocates who consider him a whistleblower.
"He was not a whistleblower, he was a traitor," said Fein as he concluded his lengthy closing arguments last Thursday.
Now being held at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Manning's initial detention at the Marine brig at Quantico, Va., became the subject of controversy after jailers deemed him a suicide risk.
Manning was forced to remain in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and on a few occasions he was required to remain naked. His attorneys said the treatment merited dismissing the case against him because it amounted to cruel and unlawful punishment.
After a lengthy pre-trial hearing late last year, judge Lind found there was validity to some of the allegations and reduced any potential prison sentence by 112 days.