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US close to resting case against Manning
US close to resting case against Army private blamed for leaking nation's secrets
By The Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) ' The U.S. government is almost finished presenting its case against the Army intelligence analyst blamed for the biggest leak of national secrets in American history.

The preliminary hearing against alleged WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning restarted Tuesday, with the prosecution expected to call its final six witnesses. The defense likely will call three witnesses, followed by closing arguments.

Manning is accused of passing a trove of secret information to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website. The hearing is to determine if he should be court-martialed.

Lawyers for the 24-year-old are using a three-pronged defense: The troubled young private should never have had access to classified material, workplace security was inexplicably lax and the data in question caused little damage to national security.

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