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Lawyers argue over jury questions in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE — A defense lawyer for an Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history acknowledged in court that it will be hard to find military jurors who aren’t aware of the case.

David Coombs, an attorney for Bradley Manning, made the statement Tuesday during a hearing at Maryland’s Fort Meade where lawyers are in the middle of a planned five-day hearing in preparation for Manning’s military trial, currently scheduled for September.

Prosecutors say that the now 24-year-old Manning gave hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and war logs to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.

At Tuesday’s hearing, military prosecutors and Manning’s attorneys sparred over questions defense lawyers want to ask potential military jury members.