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Judge Delays Army GI’s Trial In WikiLeaks To June

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Bradley Manning has told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org.  (AP Photo)

Bradley Manning has told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org. (AP Photo)

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge has pushed back the start of the trial for an Army private charged with leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website to June 3.

Army Col. Denise Lind set the new trial date during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade on Wednesday for Pfc. Bradley Manning. The trial had been set to begin March 6.

Lind said extra time was needed to deal with classified information. Also, Manning has offered guilty pleas to reduced charges for two of 22 counts he faces.

Proffers may be considered along with eight others he has offered at a hearing starting Feb. 26.

The defense says military prosecutors are drawing comparisons between Manning’s alleged leak of classified documents and Civil War-era spying cases. Defense attorneys say Manning’s alleged offenses are more akin to providing government documents to a newspaper.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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