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Friday, February 24, 2012

Bradley Manning enters no plea at start of his court martial

Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks has chosen not to enter a plea at the start of his court martial.

The 24-year-old also deferred a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or judge alone.

He listened as 22 charges against him were read out at a hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland yesterday.

If found guilty of leaking and 'aiding the enemy' he could face a life term.

Manning spoke only a half-dozen times, answering firmly and clearly, 'Yes, your honor,' and, 'No, your honor' when asked if he understood the proceedings or had any questions.

Military judge Col. Denise Lind presided over the 50-minute hearing at Fort Meade near Baltimore.

She didn't set a trial date but scheduled another court session for March 15-16.

Defense attorney David Coombs proposed a trial date sometime in April. Read More