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Bradley Manning Pretrial Hearing Focuses On Evidence

8:54 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Nov. 29 (PATRICK SEMANSKY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army private who sent reams of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website is returning to a military courtroom at Fort Meade.

The pretrial hearing starting Wednesday for Pfc. Bradley Manning includes arguments about evidence the government must produce to prove charges that include aiding the enemy.

Defense lawyers are fighting prosecutors' plan to call a witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011.

The government says the unidentified witness collected evidence showing that an associate of bin Laden provided the al-Qaida leader with documents that Manning has acknowledged he leaked.

Manning has pleaded guilty to lesser versions of some of the 22 charges he faces. Prosecutors still intend to prove him guilty of the original charges, possibly resulting in life imprisonment.

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