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Court Won't Dismiss Any Charges Against Pfc Bradley Manning In WikiLeaks Case

9:37 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted away from his Article 32 hearing February 23, 2012 in Fort Meade, Maryland. During the hearing, Manning deferred his plea to the 22 charges against him and deferred a decision over whether he wanted a military judge or a jury to hear his case (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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FORT MEADE, Md. (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.

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.

DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

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