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Soldier Bradley Manning Charged with Aiding Enemy in WikiLeaks Case, May Get Life If Convicted

Posted Feb 23, 2012 7:48 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Charges were formally brought today in a court-martial against a U.S. Army soldier accused of responsibility for the largest leak of American intelligence documents in history.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, 24, is accused of providing hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. He is charged with aiding the enemy, among other counts, which is a capital offense, CNN reports. However, prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, so he likely faces life in prison if convicted on all 22 charges.

Although Manning was arraigned today in Fort Meade, Md., he didn't enter a plea.

The Associated Press and Reuters also have stories.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "US Soldier Faces Military Charges Over Wikileaks Video of American Attack"

ABAJournal.com: "Accused WikiLeaks Source, Now Accused of Aiding the Enemy, Was Left Naked in His Cell, Lawyer Says"

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