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WikiLeaks suspect's trial could wait until June

Published on Jan 10, 2013 6:14 AM
Photo dated March 15, 2012 shows Pfc. Bradley Manning being escorted following a hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland. -- PHOTO: AFP

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AFP) - A US judge said on Wednesday that the trial of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning could be delayed until June, a day after she shortened the soldier's sentence due to his harsh detention.

With prosecutors seeking time to review classified documents, military judge Denise Lind gave June 3 as a date to start the trial of the 25-year-old Army private who is accused of one of the biggest data leaks in US history.

But she said that the date for the trial's opening arguments - initially set for March 6 - would be definitively decided on Jan 16 during the next hearing at the military base in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Mr Nathan Fuller, a spokesman for a support group for Manning, criticised the potential delay, saying that the private could be in jail for three years from the time of his May 2010 arrest by the time his trial begins.

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