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Guilty plea offered in WikiLeaks case

2012-11-08 17:20

Fort Meade - The US Army soldier charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks is offering to plead guilty to some less serious offences.

Bradley Manning's civilian defence attorney, David Coombs, revealed the offer on Wednesday during a pre-trial hearing that continues on Thursday.

Coombs says Manning isn't pleading guilty to the offences charged by the government. He's offering to take responsibility for less serious offences 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.