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Judge to rule on defense motion in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge says she will rule later Tuesday on a motion to dismiss all charges against an Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

By DAVID DISHNEAU, AP Modified: January 8, 2013 at 11:02 am •  Published: January 8, 2013
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/articleid/3744183/1/pictures/1923542">Photo - FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a pretrial hearing. A military judge hears closing arguments on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012, on whether Manning who is charged with sending classified material to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s lawyers claim his treatment was so egregious that all charges should be dismissed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, HO)
FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a pretrial hearing. A military judge hears closing arguments on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012, on whether Manning who is charged with sending classified material to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s lawyers claim his treatment was so egregious that all charges should be dismissed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, HO)

Manning is back at Fort Meade for a pretrial hearing about whether his motivation matters.

Prosecutors want the military judge to bar the defense from producing evidence at Manning's March 6 trial regarding his motive for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of secret war logs and diplomatic cables. The four-day hearing began Tuesday.

Manning allegedly told an online confidant he leaked the material because he wanted people to see the truth. He has offered to take responsibility in a pending plea offer. But he still could face trial on charges that include aiding the enemy.

Prosecutors say Manning's motive is irrelevant to whether he leaked the material knowing it would be seen by al-Qaida.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press..


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