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WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning must face trial

A military judge has refused to dismiss all charges against the US Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in the country's history.

Colonel Denise Lind denied the defence application during a pre-trial hearing in the court-martial of Bradley Manning.

Manning is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

The ruling means the hearing will continue and is scheduled to run through to Thursday.

The defence has filed a separate motion seeking dismissal of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy. That offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Col. Lind scheduled the trial to run from September 21 to October 12.

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