U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted upon arrival at military court on the first day of a three-day motion hearing, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Fort Meade, Md. Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, has been accused of passing thousands of diplomatic cables and intelligence reports to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. / Alex Wong/Getty Images
(AP) FORT MEADE, Md. - A U.S. military judge is refusing to dismiss eight of the 22 counts against an Army private charged in a massive leak of government secrets.
Col. Denise Lind made the ruling Friday during a pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning.
The judge also says Manning's trial, currently set for September, will likely start in November or January due to procedural issues.
Manning is charged with aiding the enemy and other offenses on accusations he caused thousands of classified documents to be published on the WikiLeaks website.
Lind rejected defense arguments that the government used unconstitutionally vague language in charging Manning with unauthorized possession and disclosure of classified information.
Lind is considering another motion seeking dismissal of two counts alleging Manning exceeded his authority to access a Defense Department computer system.