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Originally published Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:34 AM

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Prosecutors to question Manning in WikiLeaks case

Military prosecutors are going face-to-face for the first time with an Army private charged with sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Associated Press

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FORT MEADE, Md. —

Military prosecutors are going face-to-face for the first time with an Army private charged with sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Pfc. Bradley Manning will appear on the witness stand again Friday, the fourth day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade.

He testified Thursday in support of a defense motion claiming his confinement for nine months at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., was so harsh that his case should be dismissed.

Prosecutors aim to show that the Quantico jailers believed Manning needed to be kept in maximum custody with extra precautions to prevent him from killing or hurting himself.

Manning says the security measures were absurd. They included forcing him to surrender his underwear at night and be locked up 23 hours a day.

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