WikiLeaks pretrial hearing focuses on trial delays

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An Army private charged with sending U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks contends that lengthy delays have violated his right to a speedy trial.

Pfc. Bradley Manning returns to Fort Meade for a pretrial hearing Wednesday. He is seeking dismissal of all charges.

It's been two years and eight months since Manning was detained in Iraq. He is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified war logs and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. His trial is set to begin in June.

Defense attorney David Coombs says the commander of the Military District of Washington rubber-stamped all prosecution requests to delay Manning's arraignment. Coombs says other periods were improperly excluded from the speedy-trial clock.

He says the delays made a mockery of a requirement that an accused be arraigned within 120 days.

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