WikiLeaks hearing focuses on classified evidence

Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The Army private who gave more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents to WikiLeaks is back in court for the last scheduled hearing before his military trial next month.

The pretrial hearing that began Tuesday for Pfc. Bradley Manning concerns classified material that would be used as evidence during the trial, which starts June 3.

The court met in a closed session May 8 to test alternatives to closing the courtroom. Those could include unclassified summaries of classified material — or lawyers and the judge could use code words for classified information.

Manning has pleaded guilty to reduced charges that could send him to prison for 20 years. Military prosecutors aim to convict him of the greater offenses, including aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum life sentence.

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