Military judge accepts Manning guilty plea; sentencing to follow court-martial charges

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FORT MEADE, Md. — Judge Col. Denise Lind accepted Bradley Manning’s guilty plea to 10 charges Thursday, involving illegal possession or distribution of classified material. Manning was allowed to plead guilty under military regulations instead of federal espionage law, which knocked the potential sentence down from 92 years.

Manning, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday at a military hearing at Fort Meade, Md., to 10 charges. Prosecutors plan to pursue 12 more charges against him at court-martial. He will not be sentenced until his court-martial on the other charges is over.

After almost three years in custody, the Army private accused in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history said he did it because he wanted the public to know how the American military was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with little regard for human life.

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