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Military judge delays Army GI's trial in WikiLeaks case to June 3

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FILE - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Monday, June 25, 2012, after a pretrial hearing. The U.S. Army private charged with sending thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks secrets-sharing website faces a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 about whether his motivation matters in the largest leak of classified material in the country's history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (The Associated Press)

A military judge has pushed back the start of the trial for an Army private charged with leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website to June 3.

Army Col. Denise Lind set the new trial date during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade on Wednesday for Pfc. Bradley Manning. The trial had been set to begin March 6.

Lind said extra time was needed to deal with classified information.

Also, Manning has offered guilty pleas to reduced charges for two of 22 counts he faces.

Proffers may be considered along with eight others he has offered at a hearing starting Feb. 26.

The defense says military prosecutors are drawing comparisons between Manning's alleged leak of classified documents and Civil War-era spying cases. Defense attorneys say Manning's alleged offenses are more akin to providing government documents to a newspaper.

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