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Bradley Manning will go on trial February 4, 2013
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U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning


U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning will go on trial on February 4 of next year over charges he "aided the enemy" by passing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, a judge said Thursday.


The proceedings are scheduled to last until March 15, said Colonel Denise Lind during a pre-trial hearing at the Fort Meade military base in Maryland.


Manning, 24, who could be jailed for life over the WikiLeaks allegations - the biggest security leak in American history - is likely to break his silence in the case at another pre-trial hearing set for November 27, the court heard.


Pre-trial hearings for the case will resume at Fort Meade on October 17. Raw Story




Manning, a former U.S. army intelligence analyst, is accused of leaking over two hundred thousand documents to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. Huffington Post


Among his most sever charges are the leakage of a video posted by WikiLeaks of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver. Reuters


None of these documents gave out troop positions or any other military secrets. Private Manning's intent has been clearly documented: he feared for the future of his country and he felt desperate to correct our course. Huffington Post


According to Amnesty International, "Manning has not been convicted of any offence, but military authorities appear to be using all available means to punish him while in detention. This undermines the United States' commitment to the principle of the presumption of innocence."


Amnesty International has urged the U.S. authorities to alleviate the "severe" pre-trial detention conditions of Bradley Manning.




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