Manning's Judge Removal Denied

    US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (L) of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is escorted by a military official to vehicles that will return him to a jail cell after a day in  US military Magistrate Court facility December 16, 2011 at Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning is accused of downloading 260,000 US diplomatic cables, videos of US air strikes and US military reports from Afghanistan and Iraq between November 2009 and May 2010 and turning them over to WikiLeaks in what has been called one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history.    AFP PHOTO/Paul Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bradley Manning was back in military court Saturday—his 24th birthday—to hear prosecutors argue that he was the source for WikiLeaks's vast collection of military secrets. An Army appeals court denied an earlier defense request to remove presiding officer Lt. Col. Paul Almanza because of alleged bias against the young soldier. Manning, a former intelligence agent in Baghdad, is being accused of leaking thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, State Department cables, and classified videos that the Obama administration says has threatened valuable sources and American relationships abroad.

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