Manning pretrial hearing focuses on evidence

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army private who sent reams of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website is returning to a military courtroom at Fort Meade.

The pretrial hearing starting today for Pfc. Bradley Manning includes arguments about evidence the government must produce to prove charges that include aiding the enemy.

Defense lawyers are fighting a prosecution plan to call a witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in 2011.

The government says the witness would testify about evidence that the al-Qaida leader had digital copies of documents that Manning admits he leaked.

Manning has pleaded guilty to lesser versions of some of the 22 charges he faces. Prosecutors still intend to prove him guilty of the original charges, possibly resulting in life imprisonment.

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