Judge accepts Manning pleas

A US Army judge has accepted soldier Bradley Manning's guilty pleas to 10 charges that he misused classified information. The soldier is accused of passing classified information to the Wikileaks website.

Assange: 'Manning is America's foremost political prisoner'

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.

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Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 charges

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.