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Manning seeks dismissal of key charge

FORT MEADE, Md. — Defense lawyers for Private First Class Bradley Manning asked a military judge on Monday to acquit him of the most serious charge he faces, that of aiding the enemy by providing classified information to WikiLeaks, as they began to present their witnesses at his court-martial.

Manning’s lead lawyer, David Coombs, filed four motions asking the judge, Colonel Denise Lind, to find him not guilty of many of the charges on the grounds that prosecutors had failed to prove them in their five-week presentation of the case.

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