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U.S. Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges In WikiLeaks Case


U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (center) is escorted by military police from the courthouse after a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, in December.

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (center) is escorted by military police from the courthouse after a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, in December.

A U.S. military judge has refused to dismiss charges against a U.S. Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.

The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, announced her decision at a pretrial hearing on April 25 after lawyers for Bradley Manning demanded all 22 charges against him be dismissed.

Manning is charged leaking hundreds of thousands of classified war documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as U.S. diplomatic cables, to the WikiLeaks website between November 2009 and May 2010.

Manning's lawyers argued that the U.S. government consistently "stashed away" crucial information in the case that could help with his defense.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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