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Judge To Begin 5-Day Hearing In Military Leak Case

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File photo of a judge's gavel. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge in Fort Meade, Md., is beginning a five-day motions hearing for an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is charged with aiding the enemy and other offenses. Prosecutors say he gave hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

The 24-year-old’s trial is currently scheduled for September. The judge this week will consider a number of motions by military prosecutors and Manning’s attorneys. Those include a renewed motion by the defense to have two of the 22 charges against Manning dismissed.

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