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Fox News alert and the army private accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of government secrets is making his first appearance in court right now.
A military judge will decide whether private first class Bradley Manning should be court martial.
Manning accused of releasing the largest amount of classified military reports and diplomatic cables in US history.
Catherine Herridge -- chief intelligence correspondent is live with more from Washington Catherine.
-- John good morning thank you this morning's article 32 hearing is the military equivalent of a probable cause hearing.
As you -- it will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to send private Manning to a court martial.
Many -- three years -- junior army intelligence officer who has accused of downloading classified documents on the CD's including one -- Lady Gaga.
And this morning in court at Fort -- Manning is described as common soft spoken.
The charges which include aiding the enemy by allegedly leaking classified materials to WikiLeaks could bring the death penalty for Manning.
And a short time ago Manning's defense attorney asked the -- investigating officer to recuse himself.
The defense argues that lieutenant colonel Paul -- months two axes to judge at today's hearing has a conflict of interest because of Julian Assange the founder of WikiLeaks.
Maine's attorney says -- is a prosecutor for the Justice Department.
And the Justice Department is allegedly considering prosecuting Assange for releasing the classified documents and videos.
Including this video from Iraq it was shot by the military 2007.
It's said to show a US aircrew flying Apache helicopter shooting at Iraqi civilians including two who -- Reuters news agency.
Depending on initially claimed that only insurgents were involved.
And without knowing -- alleged motivation for leaking the documents and videos national security lawyers say the Defense Department security system will also be on trial.
Why did he do it Griese is -- some kind of hacker whistle blower who wanted to expose the weaknesses in the in the government's computers.
I don't see any of that.
There are so mean that that's embarrassing to the government.
The defense argues that the damage done by WikiLeaks was minimal and at least one internal Defense Department report.
Reach the same conclusions this article 32 hearing could last well through the weekend John.
Catherine Herridge in Washington thanks --
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