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Defense Seeks Dismissal Of Charges Against Manning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, 2013

Lawyers for a U.S. Army private who gave reams of classified documents to WikiLeaks are asking a military judge to dismiss some of the charges at his court-martial.

A military spokeswoman says attorneys for Pfc. Bradley Manning filed the motions over the weekend after the prosecution rested last week. The trial is in its sixth week at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

Military spokeswoman Shaunteh Kelly did not know which charges the defense is seeking to dismiss. She says the four motions asked the judge to acquit Manning of some charges.

The military judge, Col. Denise Lind, will consider the motions after the prosecutions responds to the filings.

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An Army private who admittedly sent troves of classified information to WikiLeaks is preparing to refute the government's charge that he aided the enemy.

The court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning enters its sixth week Monday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The prosecution rested Tuesday.

Before presenting its case, the defense has an opportunity to seek dismissal of all or some of the charges due to insufficient prosecution evidence.

Manning is contesting 21 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence.

He has acknowledged sending the anti-secrecy group more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables, along with some battlefield video, while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.

Manning says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing.


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