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Manning’s lawyers ask to dismiss charge of aiding enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. — Lawyers for the Army private who leaked a trove of classified government documents urged a judge Monday to dismiss a charge that he aided the enemy, saying prosecutors failed to prove Private First Class Bradley Manning intended for the information to fall into enemy hands.

The charge is the most serious and carries the most severe punishment — life in prison — in the case against Manning, who has acknowledged sending hundreds of thousands of documents to the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks.

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