An Army private deferred his plea Thursday to charges he made the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
Pfc. Bradley Manning also deferred a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or judge alone. He was arraigned before Col. Denise Lind at Fort Meade near Baltimore. A trial date has not been set.
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Manning faces 22 counts, including aiding the enemy. That charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The others carry a combined maximum of 150 years. He allegedly gave the anti-secrecy website more than 700,000 documents and video clips.
Defense lawyers say Manning was troubled and shouldn’t have had access to classified material.
Read more at Official Wire. By David Dishneau and Pauline Jelinek, AP.