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    WikiLeaks’s Manning Pleads Guilty

    Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted following a motions hearing in the case US vs. Manning at Fort Meade March 15, 2012 in Maryland.  Military prosecutors on March 15 said  Manning aided Al-Qaeda by leaking troves of classified information to the secret-spilling website Wikileaks.     AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

    Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of 22 charges against him in the WikiLeaks case on Wednesday, admitting that he helped engineer the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history. But the Army private denied that the leaks directly benefited al Qaeda—the most serious charge in the case. A military judge will now decide whether to accept the guilty plea, though prosecutors could still pursue the 12 remaining charges. The 10 charges he admitted to carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, but Manning could face a lifetime sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy.

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