Bradley Manning Offers to Plead to Lesser Charges in Wikileaks Trial

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Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to some charges in military court this morning.
After 1,007 days in jail, Private First Class Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old soldier accused of leaking classified material to Wikileaks, appeared in military court at Fort Meade today to plead guilty to modified versions of some of the more minor charges against him.

Specifically, Manning admitted to leaking State Department cables, video that appears to show the killing of civilians by a helicopter gunship in Iraq, and the secret assessment files of Guantanamo detainees.

But Manning maintained his not-guilty plea to the most significant charges, including "aiding the enemy." He told the court he chose the leaked material because he believed that while it would be embarrassing for the United States government and might provoke policy changes, he "was absolutely sure [they] wouldn't cause harm to the United States"

Manning was allowed to read a 35-page statement to the court, in which he said that nobody from Wikileaks pressured him to leak the materials. In fact, before he turned to Wikileaks, he tried to interest press outlets including the New York Times, Reuters, the Washington Post, and Politico.

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Bradley Manning's Facebook Page Reconstructed by PBS Frontline

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In advance of tonight's documentary WikiSecrets, the PBS show Frontline has released an exhaustive recreation of Bradley Manning's Facebook page, in an attempt to illuminate the mysterious figure currently incarcerated for leaking government secrets to Julian Assange's pro-transparency organization. Manning, an Army private, was open online about his homosexuality despite "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and was not shy about sharing his political beliefs either. Welcome to the future, with Facebook as a window to the soul.

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Bradley Manning Being Moved From Quantico After Outrage Over Detention Conditions

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The Army private charged with supplying government secrets to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organization will be transported away from the Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps base, where he's been held for about a year, after repeated insistence from clear-thinking people with the law on their side that he was being tortured or, at the very least, unfairly detained. Manning, who is charged with "aiding the enemy" and 21 other counts, has been made to strip naked every night in addition to other "clearly punitive" holding tactics with "no mental health justification" and "no basis in logic," according to his attorney. After personal pleas and public protests, the U.N. torture investigator attempted about a week ago to visit Manning, but was denied his request. Now it's announced that Manning will be moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kanses. Hm, is that so?

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Anonymous Hosting Rally For WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning in NYC Tomorrow

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On Thursday, April 7 at City Hall in New York City, a coalition of groups, organized in part by journalist Barrett Brown, something of a spokesperson for the recently ubiquitous hacker group Anonymous, will gather in support of WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who has been held in torturous conditions for nearly a year on allegations that he leaked government secrets to Assange's pro-transparency group. This afternoon, Brown told Runnin' Scared that in the months since the rally was planned, the HBGary saga, in which a computer security firm worked with the government to identify members of Anonymous, only to get hacked themselves, made more urgent the need to recognize the "widespread practice of governments and companies collecting data" on its citizens. The rally, Brown said, hopes to "counter the forces against WikiLeaks" and other anti-secrecy individuals and organizations.

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P.J. Crowley Resigning as State Department Spokesman Due to Bradley Manning Comments

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State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley is resigning from his position under pressure from White House officials, CNN reports. Earlier this week, Crowley described the United States' treatment of soldier and WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Manning is being held in solitary confinement in a maximum security military jail in Virginia; his reported conditions are such that the U.N. has launched an investigation into whether or not they constitute torture.

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Bradley Manning Speaks: 'Why Are You Doing This to Me?'

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Bradley Manning, the United States soldier being held in connection with leaking government information to WikiLeaks, has spoken out directly for the first time about his holding conditions in an 11-page legal letter. Beginning late last week, Manning has been stripped naked every night and forced to remain that way through a morning inspection, ostensibly for his personal safety, though he has not been placed on suicide watch. In Manning's own words, he has been "left to languish under the unduly harsh conditions of max [security] custody" at a military brig Quantico, Virginia, in what he says amounts to "unlawful pre-trial punishment."

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Anonymous Under Investigation For Potential Attacks in Support of Bradley Manning

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The hacker/activist collective Anonymous, known most recently for their fervent support of WikiLeaks and movements in the Middle East, are under some sort of vague investigation by United States authorities because of murmurs that they're planning to disrupt the military jailers holding Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Financial Times reports. Manning has been held for ten months in extreme conditions for allegedly providing government secrets to WikiLeaks, and was recently charged with 22 counts including "aiding the enemy." Anonymous, according to the FT, has discussed on "publicly available document-sharing sites" plans to "harass staff at MCB Quantico Brig," where Manning is being held, "to the point of frustration."

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Bradley Manning Stripped Naked Every Night For 'Sarcastic Quip'

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Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with "aiding the enemy" and 21 other counts in connection with leaking government information to WikiLeaks, is now being forced to sleep naked at his Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, and stay without clothes during the roll call in the morning, ostensibly as "as a 'precautionary measure' to prevent him from injuring himself." The conditions, which many see as humiliating and a "disgrace," will continue indefinitely, all based on a sarcastic comment Manning made on Wednesday.

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Bradley Manning Charged With 'Aiding the Enemy'

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U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, 23, who has been locked in solitary confinement for ten months, under conditions that some argue count as torture, has been hit with 22 military charges for his involvement in allegedly passing secret U.S. diplomatic cables to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organization. The charges include "aiding the enemy," which could be punishable by death, though the "enemy" in question is undefined. Manning is being held in a maximum security jail on Virginia's Quantico marine base, and is set for a provisional hearing in May or June, when the final charges will be filed.

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Bradley Manning Not Tied to Julian Assange

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Bradley Manning, the army private being held on suspicion of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, cannot be linked to the organization's embattled editor-in-chief Julian Assange, U.S. Army officials admitted to NBC News last night. This complicates the Department of Justice's path to prosecuting WikiLeaks in the United States and stokes an already rising flame based on the prolonged and possibly inhumane detention of Manning, who military officials insist is not being tortured. And yet last night's report comes with another misstep, with anonymous officials telling NBC that "a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on 'suicide watch' last week."

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