Bradley Manning offers to plead guilty to some charges, lawyer says
November 8th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Bradley Manning offers to plead guilty to some charges, lawyer says

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] The Army private accused of leaking millions of government files has offered to plead guilty to some of the charges against him, his attorney announced Thursday.

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been jailed for more than two years on allegations that he downloaded hundreds of thousands of pages of documents while serving as a military intelligence analyst in Iraq and handed that trove to website WikiLeaks. The offer was made in a hearing held on Wednesday, his attorney, David Coombs, wrote on his firm's website.

"To clarify, PFC Manning is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged by the government. Rather, PFC Manning is attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses," the lawyer's website posting said. "The court will consider whether this is a permissible plea."

WikiLeaks has never confirmed that Manning was the source of the documents, which the site began publishing in 2010. He has been accused of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it was accessible to the enemy and multiple counts of theft of public records.

Check out this CNN Security Clearance post on why Manning might make this type of plea offer.

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  1. Andrew

    This guy deserves life in prison for committing treason. That is all.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    If he broke rules of conduct knowingly under his military service contract/pledge he faces punishment. Regardless of how his motives are perceived by others.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dont be a sucker

    Tortue will do that to a guy

    November 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You cannot even spell it correctly(snicker).
      Manning is warm, fed, clean, given medical care.
      He chose his own legal counsel.
      He is even kept separate to protect him from the other prisoners who would harm him.
      ... That's not "torture"... He is just in the brig... The military version of time out... While he awaits his courts martial.
      Manning volunteered & chose freely to live by these rules.
      Would you like a little cheese to go with that "whine"?

      November 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Josh

    None of the information leaked contained no information that was of real national security. The information leaked posed no threat of life, did not contain military plans or stategy, identify personell that would jeapodrize said lives, or sensitive military locations. What it DID contain were excerpts taken from various military and whitehouse personel badmouthing our supposed allies. This had nothing to do with national security but rather embarrassment because of egg on our face.

    November 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Granted he did break the law and should be punished to some degree, however the wikileak info itself was fluff.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • waf_98

      You don't know that, Josh. Wikileaks has only released a small portion of what it has. I trust the government knows exactly what was taken.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • w2lucky

      Josh, the relationships we have with many foreign dignitaries, save countless lives you and I will never know about. I served 22 years and visited many countries while in the military. You'd be amazed at how dangerous it is in this day and age of walking the streets of a foreign country as an American. What naive Mr. Manning did absolutely put lives in danger.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      so lets release your personnal information on the web sure it is not that much that criminal can use...come on he broke the law let alone the UCMJ laws that he swore to uphold. did u ever serve or are u just a liberal who doesnt like to se justice done

      November 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I'm a liberal that served, which is the opposite of a conservative draft dodging chickenhawk that lies about WMDs and gets thousands of American men and women killed and then carts the US treasury off to his friends.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Get help for that PTSD,Mike. Manning outed civilian sources in the war zone that reportedly got dragged out of bed & disappeared with their entire families leaving their abandoned belongings behind. He snitched on them. He also shouted out aid workers by name & location. They had to remove them to safety.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cruzez wrong

    Cruz is wrong.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AKS-1

    We all like to enjoy the freedoms that we have, but freedom comes with a price that no one wants to pay. Our government has many jobs to do, the most important one is protecting us. We do a lot for this world, we also benefit a lot from this world, and there are many who hate us for it. There are many who want to see us and our future generations perish. Think of all of the plots that the government have stopped because of intelligence gathering and covert operations. What happens if our government was unable to do this work? How many more September 11th's would we have. Think hard about your freedoms and safety, and ask yourself. Do you really want your government to be handicapped in its role as the protector of our way of life? Freedom has a price, we all must accept the cost or suffer the consequences of an ineffective, unprotective government.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Limper

    Do you just pick articles at random and rant about gay people?

    November 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Socrates

    After being psychologically tortured for more than two years I will be surprised that he will not plead guilty. This is a message for the whittler blowers in the most democratic and freer country in the world (wink, wink). I like when Obama talks about freedom of speech when he preaches to other countries. (Wink, wink)

    November 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • waf_98

      Whoa! Bradely Manning is not a whistleblower! You need to consult your dictionary!

      November 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ted

    IMO...If Manning did leak the info he is a hero.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. heraldofwhoa

    No plea deals please! If he did the crime, he should do the time, all of it.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It is highly unlikely that the military will drop even one charge against Pvt. Manning . It would set a very bad precedent for future cases, & erode military discipline.
      This offer from Manning is the military equivalent of a dog rolling over, showing it's belly in submission, & begging for mercy.
      Either that, or his fancy lawyer is still acting like this is a civilian court(snicker, snicker). Surprise! IT"S NOT! YOU LOSE!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ricky L

    Two years without a resolution.

    America should be ashamed.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Don

    This man is not American, and should be treated that way. Either way, his life is over and the thrill is gone. LOL. Moving on.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tregs

    Your type of thinking is why the gop is no longer rellevant in the 21st century...hate is all you got....big deal

    November 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • scorpioman

      Hey all you liberal liberals out there, answer me this.

      When did you decide to change the English word "disagree" to the word hate?

      November 9, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      We're just holding up a mirror for you conservatives, scorpioman.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Soldier

      The Left's tiresome whining about "hate" anytime anyone disagrees with them really shows the poverty of their arguments.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. rickygf

    He should get life without parole, I would have preferred a firing squad

    November 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ART

    He is nothing but a traitor

    November 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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