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WikiLeaks US soldier 'naive'

The attorney of US soldier Private Bradley Manning has described his client as 'Young, naive, but good intentioned' during a brief opening statement. Manning is accused of passing on a quarter of a million secret files to the website WikiLeaks.

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WikiLeaks US soldier faces a possible life sentence

Private Manning faces a possible life sentence for aiding America's enemies following allegations he leaked thousands of classified documents in 2009 and 2010. He has pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, but not to the most serious of aiding the enemy.

  • Manning is accused of passing a video to WikiLeaks showing an Apache helicopter apparently opening fire on a group of civilians
  • He was working as an Army Intelligence Analyst in Baghdad and is said to have found it impossible to stay quiet when he saw unarmed men being killed
  • Further leaks allegedly followed and in July 2010, and 90,000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan were published
  • A few months later thousands more documents were released, some suggesting the US military ignored the abuse of Iraqi prisoners
  • After that, it was claimed Manning was behind the release of 250,000 US State Department cables, which contained controversial comments about political figures

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