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Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing Underway in Fort Meade

Denis Doyle/Getty Images(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- Accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing commenced Saturday morning in Fort Meade, Md. Proceedings were supposed to start Friday, but Manning's lawyer filed a motion requesting that the presiding investigative officer recuse himself from the case because of perceived bias in granting witnesses for the government but denying many of the defense's witnesses.

That motion was denied Friday night and so the process known as an Article 32 hearing will begin Saturday. The hearing will determine whether Manning should be referred for a court marshal or not.

Saturday marks Manning’s 24th birthday.

There will be no opening statements and the government is expected to begin by calling its first witnesses and presenting evidence.

Manning is facing 22 total charges, including counts of aiding the enemy, theft of public property or records, and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy.

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