WikiLeaks suspect seeks dismissal of 10 charges
By Staff Writers
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012
Bradley Manning(left) is charged with aiding the enemy after allegedly causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks in 2009 and 2010. (Jose Luis Magana/Reuters)
A U.S. army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in the country’s history is returning to a military courtroom in Maryland, seeking dismissal of 10 of the 22 charges he faces.
The pretrial hearing for Bradley Manning begins Wednesday morning at Fort Meade.
The 24-year-old intelligence analyst is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and diplomatic cables to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks in 2009 and 2010.
The defence claims the government used unconstitutionally vague language in eight counts charging Manning with unauthorized possession and disclosure of classified information.
His lawyers say two other counts falsely allege that Manning lacked authorization to access computers linked to a Defence Department network used for classified information.
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