Rulings due on WikiLeaks dismissal motions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Army private accused of causing an enormous spillage of U.S. intelligence secrets is returning to a Fort Meade courtroom to learn whether some of the charges will be dismissed.

A military judge is scheduled to rule Friday on defense motions
to dismiss 10 of the 22 charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning of Crescent, Okla.

The 24-year-old intelligence analyst is charged with aiding the
enemy and other offenses by allegedly causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the WikiLeaks website, starting in November 2010.

The defense contends the government used unconstitutionally
vague language in eight counts charging Manning with unauthorized
possession and disclosure of classified information.

Defense lawyers also maintain that prosecutors wrongly allege
that Manning exceeded his authorization to access a Defense Department intranet system.

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