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Defense lining up witnesses for WikiLeaks hearing

Defense to call dozens of witnesses at military hearing for WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning By The Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) ' Supporters of an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks say the defense hopes to call as many as 50 witnesses at his military hearing next month.

Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network told reporters Tuesday that prospective witnesses would include people who can talk about the public benefits of whistleblowers. Manning is suspected of obtaining hundreds of thousands of classified documents while serving in Iraq and providing them to the anti-secrecy website.

Paterson says his information was based on contacts with defense attorney David Coombs. Coombs didn't immediately respond to queries from The Associated Press.

The Army said Monday that a so-called Article 32 hearing will begin Dec. 16 at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, to determine whether Pfc. Manning will stand trial.

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