- Among the charges is the most serious against Pfc. Bradley Manning: aiding the enemy
- Closing arguments in the case against Manning are still to come
- He is charged in the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history
A military judge overseeing the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday denied defense motions seeking to throw out two charges against him.
One of the charges is the most serious that Manning faces: aiding the enemy, which would carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The judge, Col. Denise Lind, said the government had met the burden to present evidence that the crimes had been committed.
Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, is charged with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, accused of handing over a trove of documents and other information to WikiLeaks, an organization that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website.
Closing arguments are still to come.
Manning's lawyers asked Lind to toss the two charges on July 8.
Manning already has pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen lesser charges that carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Manning admits leaking classified material that 'upset' him to WikiLeaks