WikiLeaks Case: Court Denies Dismissal Of Charges Against Bradley Manning

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FORT MEADE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A military judge is refusing to dismiss any of the 22 counts against an Army private charged in a massive leak of government secrets in what has become known as the WikiLeaks Case.

Col. Denise Lind made the rulings Friday during a pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Md.

She rejected a defense argument that the government used unconstitutionally vague language in charging Manning with eight counts of unauthorized possession and disclosure of classified information.

Lind also refused to dismiss two counts alleging Manning exceeded his authority to access a Defense Department computer system.

She said Manning’s trial, currently set for September, will likely start in November or January due to procedural issues.

Manning is charged with aiding the enemy and other offenses on accusations he caused thousands of classified documents to be published on the WikiLeaks website.

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