Judge refuses to dismiss major charge in WikiLeaks case

Judge refuses to dismiss major charge in WikiLeaks case

A military judge has refused to dismiss a charge that a US army private aided the enemy by giving reams of classified information to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Col Denise Lind made the ruling on the defence motion in the court martial of Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

It is the most serious charge Manning faces, punishable by up to life in prison without parole. The judge found there was enough prosecution evidence to proceed with the case.

She also refused to dismiss a computer fraud count and is still considering defence motions to acquit Manning of five theft counts.

Manning has pleaded guilty to reduced versions of some charges. He faces up to 20 years in prison for those offences.

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