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Manning's trial delayed in WikiLeaks case

The hearing is to determine whether the highly restrictive conditions Manning experienced for nine months were justified.

FORT MEADE, Maryland // The trial of an Army private charged with sending classified US documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is being pushed back from February to March.

Military judge Col. Denise Lind announced the change Sunday at a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning's trial was set to begin on February 4. But Lind says pretrial proceedings will push the start date back to either March 6 or March 18.

The hearing is to determine whether the highly restrictive conditions Manning experienced for nine months were justified. The defence claims the restrictions were so punishing that the case should be dismissed.

Two psychiatrists have testified that the brig commander in Quantico, Virginia, kept Manning tightly confined despite their recommendations to ease them.

The 24-year-old Manning is charged with 22 offences, including aiding the enemy. He could get life in prison.