Judge begins 5-day hearing in military leak case

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 3:05 AM

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A defense attorney for an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history is renewing a request to have two of the 22 charges against his client dropped.

The attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning made his argument before a military judge Monday, the first day of a planned five-day hearing at Maryland's Fort Meade. Lawyers for Manning and the government are discussing a number of issues in advance of his trial, which is set for September.

Prosecutors say the now 24-year-old gave hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks. Manning's attorney argued Monday that two charges alleging Manning exceeded his authorized access to a Defense Department computer network are improper. The judge has yet to rule.

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