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Prosecutors in WikiLeaks case must detail evidence search

FORT MEADE — A military judge is ordering prosecutors to account for themselves amid accusations they withheld evidence from an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

The ruling came Monday during a pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade.

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Manning's lawyers claim prosecutors have shirked their duty to share evidence helpful to the defense. Col. Denise Lind granted a defense motion requiring prosecutors to report on their efforts to meet that obligation.

She refused defense attorney David Coombs' request to suspend the proceedings in the interim. Coombs says the prosecution's failures have affected Manning's right to a fair trial.

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Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by giving hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

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