WikiLeaks prosecutor agrees to 1 lesser charge

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors say they have agreed to charge the Army private who released more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents to the WikiLeaks site with a lesser offense on one of the 22 counts against him.

Maj. Ashden Fein said Tuesday that prosecutors had changed their minds about charging Pfc. Bradley Manning with violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in connection with the release of a cable known as Reykjivik-13. Wikileaks posted a cable in 2010 about a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, summarizing U.S. Embassy discussions with Icelandic officials about the country’s financial troubles.

Fein did not give a reason for the change.

The pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning that began Tuesday at Fort Meade concerns classified material that would be used as evidence during the trial, which starts June 3.

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