A US Army judge has accepted soldier Bradley Manning's guilty pleas on 10 WikiLeaks counts; more charges remain to be tried.
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who is in exile inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, said:
Bradley Manning is America's foremost political prisoner. Today's events confirm that. Both the UN and the US military have formally found him to have been mistreated. All those involved in the persecution of Bradley Manning will find cause to reflect on their actions.
A US Army private accused of slipping secrets to the WikiLeaks website has testified in his own defence at a military hearing.
"I believe that if the general public ... had access to the information... this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general," Manning testified.
The US Army private accused of slipping secrets to the Wikileaks website pleaded guilty on to 10 lesser charges that he misused classified information in the biggest leak of government secrets in US history.
Private First Class Bradley Manning faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the 10 charges he pleaded guilty to before military judge Colonel Denise Lind in a pre-trial hearing prior to his court martial, set to begin 3rd June.