Judge seeks WikiLeaks damage assessments

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, after a military hearing that will determine if he should face court-martial for his alleged role in the WikiLeaks classified leaks case went on recess for the day. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Updated 5:10 PM ET

(CBS/AP) FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge said Tuesday that she wants to see several federal agencies' assessments of the damage caused by WikiLeaks' publication of government secrets.

Army Col. Denise Lind ordered prosecutors during a pretrial hearing to provide the documents so she can decide whether they should be turned over to Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense lawyers.

Manning is being court-martialed for allegedly giving the anti-secrecy website a trove of classified documents and video clips.

His attorneys are seeking damage assessments done by the CIA and the Departments of Justice, State and Defense to back up its claim that the leaked documents did no harm to U.S. interests.

Lind says she will rule Wednesday on another defense motion to dismiss all charges against the 24-year-old intelligence analyst.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a briefing Tuesday that release of the information caused damage and "enormous turbulence" in relations with some countries.

"Our view of the entire WikiLeaks incident has not changed at all in terms of the negative effects," she said.

Nuland said there hasn't been much impact on actual reporting from embassies back to Washington.

"Our embassies abroad continue to do a superb job of working with governments and societies where they are accredited and giving us a good strong picture of what's going on," Nuland said. "That doesn't change the fact that there was enormous turbulence in many of our bilateral relationships when this happened and that there have been impacts on individuals, as you know."

Asked for examples of how WikiLeaks might have compromised or damaged U.S. foreign relations, Nuland declined to comment further, citing the pending legal case.

Earlier, it was reported that Manning is asking a military judge to dismiss the charges.

The defense claims military prosecutors have failed to hand over a broad range of documents potentially helpful to the defense.

Rather than restart the discovery process that began two years ago, the defense is asking the judge to dismiss the case.

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