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WikiLeaks trial is delayed to June

Published 09/01/2013 | 06:55

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Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade after a pre-trial hearing (AP)

The trial of the soldier charged with leaking thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website has been postponed to June.

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Bradley Manning's trial originally had been set to begin in March but a US military judge said extra time was needed to deal with classified information.

Manning has offered guilty pleas to reduced charges for two of the 22 counts he faces. They include aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum of life behind bars.

The judge has reduced Manning's potential sentence after ruling that he suffered illegal pre-trial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig. He awarded 112 days off any prison sentence Manning gets if he is convicted.

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