17 Dec '11, 7am

Manning's defence takes offensive in WikiLeaks case #FreeBrad Bradley Manning

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AFP) - Lawyers for United States (US) soldier Bradley Manning mounted an aggressive defence at a hearing on Friday on whether to court-martial him for spilling US diplomatic and military secrets to WikiLeaks. Manning's lead attorney, David Coombs, went on the offensive shortly after proceedings got underway at this sprawling military base on Friday, accusing the presiding officer of bias and seeking his dismissal. Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Almanza, tasked with determining whether Manning should face a court-martial, rejected demands that he recuse himself, saying he could serve impartially despite working for the Justice Department in civilian life. Mr Coombs had questioned whether Lt-Col Almanza, an army reservist on leave from his job as a Justice Department attorney, should preside over the case while the department is conducting a probe of WikiLeaks...

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