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Bradley Manning must face ‘aiding the enemy’ charge

Pte Bradley Manning leaves the courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland 25 April 2012Private Bradley Manning has not yet entered a plea

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A US military judge has refused to dismiss the most serious charge against Private Bradley Manning, the alleged source of Wikileaks revelations.

The charge of aiding the enemy – one of 22 charges he faces – carries a life sentence in prison.

Col Denise Lind ruled against a defence argument that the government had not properly alleged that Pte Manning intended to help al-Qaeda.

Pte Manning’s court martial is set to begin on 21 September in Maryland.

In arguing the case for keeping the charge in place, prosecutors said Pte Manning knew the information would be seen by al-Qaeda, regardless of whether that was his main intention.

Col Lind eventually ruled that…

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