The military officer who presided over the evidentiary hearing on charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning has recommended that Manning face court martial. Manning is accused of leaking thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents to Internet whistle-blower Wikileaks. The New York Times reports the officer, Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, found “reasonable grounds” for believing that Private Manning is guilty of aiding the enemy, theft of public records and computer fraud. The recommendation now goes to senior military officers who may dismiss the charges or allow a full military trial. If convicted, Private Manning could be sentenced to imprisonment for life.
Court martial recommended for Manning in Wikileaks case
U.S. army private accused of leaking documents could face life in prison
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