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Protesters hold up a sign in support of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who remains in custody for his role in the release of 250,000 diplomatic cables to Wikileaks.
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Protesters hold up a sign in support of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who remains in custody for his role in the release of 250,000 diplomatic cables to Wikileaks.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to appear in a pretrial hearing this afternoon in Ft. Meade. He is being tried for releasing more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks.

Manning is expected to testify that he has been punished enough after being forced to sleep naked, locked in a cell in the Marine Corps. brig in Quantico, Va. between 2010 and 2011. Attorneys for Manning say they want all charges dismissed.

Military judges can dismiss all charges if pretrial punishment is ruled egregious, but those outcomes are rare. The pretrial hearing is expected to run through Sunday.

Military officers are expected to testify first, so Manning may not be called to testify until later this week.

If convicted, Manning faces life in prison.

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