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WikiLeaks accused Private Bradley Manning to get 112-day jail term cut

By David Usborne

A US military judge has ruled that Private Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of stealing secret documents and giving them to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pre-trial punishment and should have 112 days shaved from whatever term he might eventually receive.

While the decision by Colonel Denise Lind at a military base in Maryland might offer Pte Manning, who is half British, some satisfaction, it fell very far short of the defence demand for the dismissal of all charges against him.

For now, the trial itself is scheduled to begin on March 6.

Charged with aiding the enemy and 21 other offences, Pte Manning (25) faces life without the possibility of parole if found guilty.

In that case the sentence-reduction ordered by court would barely have an impact.

The defence argued the charge-slate should be wiped. Pte Manning was confined to a windowless cell for 23 hours a day in Quantico, Virginia, and for part of the time denied clothing, purportedly because he was a suicide risk.

He has since been moved to another high security facility in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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