FORT MEADE — Attorneys for an Army private accused of engineering the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history won’t get to take sworn statements from eight people before his trial.
A military judge ruled during a hearing Friday at Fort Meade that attorneys for Pfc. Bradley Manning won’t be allowed to take statements from eight individuals who reviewed information Manning is accused of leaking. Defense attorneys may still be able to interview them later.
Manning allegedly downloaded and sent the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks a vast store of documents and diplomatic cables. Defense lawyers say Manning was a troubled soldier who never should have had access to classified material.
The next hearing in the case will be April 24 through 26. No trial date has been set.