A military judge in Maryland is poised to rule on whether some of the 22 charges against a soldier accused of giving government secrets to WikiLeaks should be dismissed.

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A military judge in Maryland is poised to rule on whether some of the 22 charges against a soldier accused of giving government secrets to WikiLeaks should be dismissed.

Army Col. Denise Lind said she would rule Thursday on a defense motion to dismiss the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. That charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The defense argued Wednesday that Pfc. Bradley Manning did not have the “evil intent” necessary to prove he helped al-Qaida by causing classified information to be published on the anti-secrecy website.

The defense has asked Lind to dismiss five other counts and consolidate four more into two.

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If all the motions were granted, Manning could still face more than 100 years in prison if convicted of the remaining charges.

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