Pfc. Manning court-martial moved to June

Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

FORT MEADE, Md., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The court-martial of an Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking government documents to WikiLeaks, has been delayed until June, officials said.

The judge in the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, decided to change the original March start date of the court-martial so she could assess how classified information should be used in the trial, Tribune Newspapers reported Friday.

Manning is charged with sending WikiLeaks more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic memos and field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prosecutors say they plan to introduce evidence that some of the documents benefited al-Qaida.

Manning's lawyers have said he is willing to plead guilty to sending WikiLeaks the classified documents in exchange for a maximum sentence of 20 years on the condition he would not plead to aiding the enemy or other espionage charges.

Lind this week denied Manning's request for all charges to be dismissed because of allegations he was mistreated while in a Marine Corps brig in 2010 and 2011.

She said she would cut 112 days off any sentence he receives if convicted.

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