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Bradley Manning Judge Limits Scope Of 'Damage' Testimony

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is escorted from a hearing, on January 8, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning attended a motion hearing in the case of United States vs. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who is charged with aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet. He is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is escorted from a hearing, on January 8, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning attended a motion hearing in the case of United States vs. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who is charged with aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet. He is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for Bradley Manning are having some success in limiting government efforts to show that the classified material he disclosed through WikiLeaks damaged American interests.

The Army private's sentencing hearing continues Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

On Tuesday, the military judge said she won't consider evidence of harm that can't be shown to be a direct result of Manning's actions.

For example, she dismissed as "speculative" a State Department official's testimony that the diplomatic cables Manning leaked could dissuade people from seeking U.S. help on international human rights issues in the future.

She also threw out retired Brig. Gen. Robert Carr's testimony last week that the Taliban killed an Afghan man as a result of the leaks. Carr acknowledged that victim's name wasn't in the leaked documents.

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