FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A U.S. Army judge has accepted an offer by a private to plead guilty to violating military regulations in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history.
Pfc. Bradley Manning admits to sending hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, State Department diplomatic cables and other files to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.
An Army judge accepted the pleas to 10 charges at a hearing Thursday. Manning could face a maximum of 20 years on those charges alone.
Prosecutors say they plan to move forward with an additional 12 charges against him, including aiding the enemy. That charge could carry a life sentence.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Fort Drum Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history has entered guilty pleas to 10 of 22 charges against him.
A military judge was weighing Thursday whether to accept the guilty pleas from Pfc. Bradley Manning and will allow him to read a statement in court explaining his actions.
Manning would plead guilty to sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, in violation of military regulations, but not in violation of federal espionage laws.
If the judge accepts the plea, Manning would face up to 20 years in prison.
But prosecutors can still pursue a court-martial on the remaining charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.