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. rickygf

    What's funny about this is people say they think he's a hero but those same people say the Seal who wrote the book about killing of OBL and told the truth people say he's a traitor

    November 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MikeyZ

    The repeal of DADT was effectively sanctioned by our military, once repeated questionnaires to the troops about their comfort level with people serving in the military openly gay came back saying, "I don't care".

    You're a sad little man. You spew hate and bigotry under a thinly veiled cover of supporting a military platform that the military no longer endorses.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reality

    All he was doing was defending the US by exposing corruption.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Organic1

    As long as they keep him under lock and key, I don't care what he has to say.

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

      Have you ever read the stuff he posted? Regardless of what you think of him, he was doing what he considered the right thing to do. And some of the stuff he posted *does* show crimes that were comitted in Iraq - doesnt that bother you? your tax dollar being used criminally? Dont be so haste to condemn someone you havent taken any time to try to understand.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      i bet you voted for Obama

      November 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • takerofnames

      When others have leaked information to the press, they were regarded as heroes. The Pentagon Papers were more sensitive than what Manning leaked, the difference is Pentagon Papers leaked to New York Times rather than Wikileaks. He's not a threat and I think he should get credit for time served and mostly probabation. Most of the cables leaked were embarrassing but shouldn't be considered highly classified stuff and some of his leaks revealed "crimes" that public should be aware of. It's hard to have a democracy without transparency.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      To heck with Obama I bet he wrote in Joseph Stalin.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDaddy

      In a day where people are told to follow like mindless sheep here is a guy who had the balls to expose our governments lies – because we have a right to know the truth when our tax dollars are being misused – and some of you robots only can see your masters side. God help you and god help this country. You are unwittingly being manipulated and your refusal to educate yourself on the matter is yet another example of why the ignorant are so easy to manipulate. The truth shall set you free....unless you are this guy.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      @netmonger – It wasn't his job or his right to expose anything that you feel was wrong. What if everyone within the military decided to expose the government for what they feel were "crimes"? Where would that leave us with regard to a military organization? He took an oath and violated that oath; therefore, he is a criminal!

      November 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      It doesn't matter how he felt about what he saw. It doesn't matter if the material demonstrated illegality or not. It is not the role of a PFC to become an International Vigilante. He had an oath to uphold and he failed to do so. All soldiers are clearly briefed on the correct procedures in the event of an illegal order. Manning followed none of them.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      He had no high minded ideals at all. You are all dreaming if you think that. He wanted to hurt the military to get even with the other guys who rejected him. He also had the hots for the WIKI founder, & wanted to "IMPRESS" him. His motives were petty & spiteful with a dash of fame seeker thrown in to the nauseating mixture.
      There are real channels to report wrongdoing. Manning knew that. He did not use them. If he could not trust anyone in the military, or his congressman; Then why didn't Manning take ONLY THAT INFORMATION he felt was wrong to the media?
      Nope, he was a self absorbed twit trying to get even because people did not like him. Just a sneak getting revenge.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    This hero was obviously coerced via the inhumane conditions in which he has been kept.
    Even if they kill him, he will go into the history books as a hero. It has basically already happened.
    Let us give this fine young man the respect and comfortable life he deserves.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      ROFLMAO! Take another bong hit and make another post. You're funny.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe in PA

      Just like how Benedict Arnold went into the history books as a hero...

      November 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old Army

      Hero? What are you smoking, he is nothing more than a turncoat. He should be shot for what he has done, breaking an oath that he made to his country. Even if you don't think what he released should have been classified, there is a reason that it was. Small bits of information can be put together to have an idea of what is going on. You don't know so don't assume it. If this was 60+ years ago, he would have been shot already for treason.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curt Macke

      Just put him to death for treason; which it obviously was; and get it over with.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCDavis

      Yep, a hero, but unfortunately he was just a private so they will lock him up for life. Daniel Ellsberg did the same thing and didn't serve a day. But he was a high placed analyst with Senators for friends.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick1948

      Guess you're one of those people who chose not to give up your career at the drive up window to serve the country you love to complain about. This bozo is a traitor who put people's lives in danger. He needs to never see the light of day again.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee-Anne

      LOL..hero..riiiiiiigggghhhht. Nice try.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Hero??? Revealed secrets that could have damaged and endagered counties safety. I know another name.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      By telling the truth about things our government had done and LIED to us about? Wow you are ignorant.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCDavis

      Everything is about safety in the US. If we kill just a few more people–or another million people–we will finally be safe. But I'll tell you one thing, if we gave up our world cop role we'd be a lot safer than we are now.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Betraying his brothers & sisters in service. I think I know that name you are referring to, Bob. It begins with a capital "T".

      November 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    To Netmonger....does not matter what he showed, whether it was a crime or not. He broke a solemn oath. Are we to think it is wise for any military member to just disobey rules and oaths we have taken whenever we feel like it? If you haven't noticed, our enemies do not play by the rules of war or Geneva Conventions...they torture people, hang them from bridges, cut off heads...our soldiers committing crimes is not permissable, however, telling the entire world what happened, and emboldening the enemy does not serve our country at all.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Maybe his Commander in Chief should've set a better example.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jbird68

    "screw job"

    November 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Yep! Manning is very limber...He did it to himself!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. knucklecheese

    I'm curious as to why he isn't being charged with treason. If he did do what he is being accused of, he committed treason. Why do I get the feeling there's something we're not being told?

    November 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • anchorite

      Maybe you should actually crack open a newspaper and read the first thing about the case. Giving santized facts to reporters is whistleblowing, and legally it's not even a crime, it's a civil breach of his nondisclosure agreements and probably his enlistment contract with the military. Giving military secrets that could potentially harm America to the enemy is treason.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      I have read up on it and that's not what he did. Sure, there are some "news" sources that claim that, but it's simply not true.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wes

    This guy is a disgrace to my corps and my uniform! I truly wish they would put him an orange jumpsuit instead of a uniform only patriots are allowed to wear!!

    November 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • scriss

      He gets to wear the uniform until AFTER he has been convicted. The he loses the uniform and PFC rank.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      Yep, I know that scriss but it doesn't make it right. Everytime I see this POS wearing my uniform I wanna throw up in my mouth!

      November 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well, I guess they could've put him in a flight jacket and had him pose on board an aircraft carrier.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JB

    How sickening that some people call this human garbage a hero. Put a bullet in his skull.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDaddy

      Yea, murder the guy who shed light on the fact that people are being lied to because its a good thing for our "free" country to be manipulated by mistruths. What a fool.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      What is WRONG with you? Have you ever been in a firefight? I assure you that if you had you'd be a lot less loose with the violent rhetoric. Grow-up, would ya?

      November 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Qreur

    A regime scared of facts is a fascist one. Welcome to America.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • anchorite

      Yep, hell hath no fury like a mirror held up to a self-righteous patriot's hypocrisy.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anchorite

    He leaked footage of the USMC murdering Reuters reporters that the DoD said didn't exist to keep American honest. Karl Rove leaked an active CIA anaylst's name to the enemy to punish her husband for concluding Bush's rationale for war in Iraq was faked. Why aren't all these brave Iraq and Afghan USMC vets calling for him to be charged with treason and be executed without trial?

    November 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      They were running around with the bad guys & knew the risk of getting shot with them.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian Hoyt

    Someone should instruct this moron, on the correct way to wear his uniform. His brass is on the wrong side. The dude can't even dress himself properly. Or maybe he is just doing the DIS thing.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • scriss

      Good call. I missed that when I first looked at the pic.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tony

    He seemed to have been trying to help then US Govt' keep the 9th commandment.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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