Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Manning

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A military judge is refusing to dismiss all charges against the former Fort Drum soldier accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.

Army Col. Denise Lind denied the defense motion Wednesday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The ruling means the hearing will continue. It's scheduled to run through Thursday.

The defense has filed a separate motion seeking dismissal of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Lind tentatively scheduled the trial to run from Sept. 21 through Oct. 12.
 

See our story from Tuesday:

An Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history is asking a military judge to dismiss all charges.
 
Oral arguments on Pfc. Bradley Manning's dismissal motion are scheduled at a pretrial hearing starting Tuesday at Fort Meade in Maryland.
 
Manning, a former Fort Drum soldier, is charged with causing hundreds of thousands of classified war documents and diplomatic cables to be published on the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. His trial hasn't been scheduled.
 
The defense claims military prosecutors have failed their duty to hand over a broad range of documents potentially helpful to the defense.
 
Rather than restart the discovery process that began two years ago, the defense is asking the judge to dismiss the case.

- both reports from The Associated Press

Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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