Judge Won't Drop Manning Charges

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, in handcuffs, departs a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, Mar. 15, 2012. Manning, a U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified material to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks could soon learn when his trial will start. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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    Bradley Manning won’t go free just yet. During a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, a military judge refused to throw out charges against Manning, whose lawyers had sought dismissal on the notion that prosecutors had been slow to provide crucial materials to the defense. Prosecutors countered that they needed time to obtain documents from civilian agencies and comb through them for relevant material. Manning, who is accused of the largest intelligence breach in U.S. history by releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, has been in pretrial confinement since he was charged in 2009.

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