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Judge Begins 5-Day Hearing In Military Leak Case

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Bradley Manning was subpoenaed in the WikiLeaks trial in January.  He had his own trial in December.

Bradley Manning was subpoenaed in the WikiLeaks trial in January. He had his own trial in December.

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A defense attorney for an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history is renewing a request to have two of the 22 charges against his client dropped.

The attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning made his argument before a military judge Monday, the first day of a planned five-day hearing at Maryland’s Fort Meade. Lawyers for Manning and the government are discussing a number of issues in advance of his trial, which is set for September.

Prosecutors say the now 24-year-old gave hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. Manning’s attorney argued Monday that two charges alleging Manning exceeded his authorized access to a Defense Department computer network are improper. The judge has yet to rule.

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