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Judge reduces possible sentence for former Fort Drum soldier in WikiLeaks case

A military judge has reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A military judge has reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Col. Denise Lind ruled Tuesday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for former Fort Drum soldier Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Lind found that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. She awarded a total of 112 days off any prison sentence Manning gets if he is convicted. Defense attorneys had sought to have the charges against him dismissed.

Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials say it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.

He is charged with aiding the enemy and 21 other offenses.

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