Monday, June 3, 2013

Bradley Manning WikiLeaks Trial To Begin

Three years after his arrest in Iraq for allegedly causing America's largest intelligence leak, Private First Class Bradley Manning finally goes on trial over his disclosures to WikiLeaks.

Manning - who faces a possible 154-year jail sentence - has offered to plead guilty to several offences but denies the most serious charge of knowingly aiding al Qaeda.

The trial, in Fort Meade military base outside Washington DC, follows a long series of preliminary hearings that outlined the government's case against the 25-year-old over the leaking of diplomatic cables and war logs that caused huge embarrassment to the US and its allies.