Court-martial judge readies ruling on defense motion to dismiss 'aiding the enemy' charge

A court-martial judge at Fort Meade, Md., is deciding whether to acquit an Army private of aiding the enemy for admittedly leaking reams of classified information.

Col. Denise Lind says she will rule Thursday on defense motions made on behalf of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

The defense says prosecutors haven't shown that Manning knew that the material he sent to the WikiLeaks website would be seen by al-Qaida when it was posted online.

That's the hurdle the government must clear to convict Manning of aiding the enemy. The offense carries a possible life sentence.

Lind is also considering whether to acquit Manning of computer fraud.

He also faces 19 other counts.