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U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case to get his day in court


Manning, who turns 24 on Saturday, is scheduled to appear at a preliminary military hearing at Fort Meade near Baltimore, Maryland, the headquarters of the top secret National Security Agency.

Manning is accused of supplying WikiLeaks with US diplomatic cables, videos and military reports from Afghanistan and Iraq while serving as an intelligence analyst on a military base near Baghdad between November 2009 and May 2010.

A private first class in the US Army, Manning was arrested on May 26, 2010 and has been in US military custody since then in Kuwait, at a US Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, and at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

He is to appear on Friday at what is known as an “Article 32 hearing,” which could last as many as five days and is the first step towards a court-martial that could see him sentenced to prison for the rest of his life.


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