Thursday, February 28, 2013
Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to Wikileaks, has pled guilty to 10 charges that he possessed secret papers including diplomatic cables, field reports, and other classified materials, and that he released those materials to unauthorized persons. He has justified his actions by telling a judge that he wanted to let the U.S. public know about what was actually going on in Afghanistan. The judge will now decide whether to accept Private Manning's guilty plea. Private Manning indicated that he had tried to speak to the mainstream press, including the New York Times, before contacting Wikileaks, but did not receive a response. Prosecutors could still proceed with a court martial of Private Manning on other charges.