Pfc. Bradley Manning was allegedly the conduit through which WikiLeaks received a great deal of information that the U.S. military and government didn’t want the public to know, and on Wednesday the Army slapped him with 22 more charges, including “aiding the enemy.” —KA
The charges filed Wednesday include 16 specifications of wrongfully obtaining classified material for the purpose of posting it on the Internet, knowing that the information would be accessed by the enemy. Other charges include the illegal transmission of defense information and fraud.
While conviction on the charge of “aiding the enemy” could result in the death penalty, military prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on that charge alone. But the presiding military judge would have the authority to dismiss the prosecution’s recommendation and impose the death penalty.