Manning Willing to Plead Guilty to Lesser Offenses
Military prosecutors could still try to prove him guilty of more serious charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2012 10:17 AM CST
In this June 25, 2012 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) Bradley Manning, the US Army soldier charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, is offering to plead guilty to some less serious offenses. Manning's civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, revealed the offer yesterday during a pretrial hearing that continues today. Coombs says Manning isn't pleading guilty to the offenses charged by the government, but is offering to take responsibility for less serious offenses that are encapsulated within the charged crimes.

Even if the court accepts the offer, military prosecutors could still try to prove Manning guilty of the more serious charges. They include aiding the enemy, punishable by life imprisonment. Coombs also says Manning has elected to be tried by a military judge, not a jury, at his trial in February.

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Nov 8, 2012 3:20 PM CST
He took an oath and then broke it. Depending on the information he released, he may have gotten American sources killed.
Nov 8, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Manning is a hero for disseminating information and he is a martyr for the years of prison, humiliation, and torture he has endured. Years he will not get back.
Nov 8, 2012 2:55 PM CST
This is so shameful. Whistle blowers, as much as ground troops, are heroes of the information age.