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. BigdaddyUSA

    Life in prison.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tim

    I agree with lewtwo. He is a trader and needs to be KILLED and made an example of.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. I am George Bush the Criminal

    there is a lot of people that as committed worse crimes than this guy, such as Henry Kissinger the criminal, assassinating Salvador Allende with help of the CIA in Chile in1973, Colin Powell,lying in front of congress under oath, George Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, and the gang :-) all this people has lied to the American people in order to gain something off the war on terror.
    the only heroes here are the actual soldiers on the ground fighting for what they believe is right.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. John75

    It really doesn't matter what this "I am George Bush the criminal" states about previous administration. Obama has lied as much as any other politician, and this is a fact. The truth of the matter is, this is treason, plain and simple. The punishment for treason is, and has been from the beginnings of our country, is death. And when a person betrays their country which provides freedom that we all treasure SO MUCH, that is the punishment.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chasz

    Under the military's UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) , I agree the Private needs to be charged with Treason and (if I'm not mistaken) is punishable by death during war time. Unless they've amended it they need to play what's laid and set an example of him. This Private has no honor, he doesn't care (about anything). He is a disgrace to the uniform, his country, fellow men in arms, all in uniform, those who have served (or will someday), veterans, family, friends and of those whom have paid the "ultimate sacrifice" for freedom and love of country. Private Manning is a disgrace. Period. There should be no Plea Deal. The Private must take full accountability for his actions, man-up, be stripped of rate/rank, dishonorably discharged and accept his fate. Clearly, he had a choice and knows the difference between right from wrong. Due to his actions, he has placed the lives of others in harms-way due to greed and self centeredness. Sleep tight, Private.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sagebrush Shorty

    Throw him in the brig and forget about him.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. craig

    The idea of a "greater good" shouldn't include placing others in harm's way. His actions not only did that, but created a very real crisis in international relations all over the world. Like almost every other endeavor, diplomats must be free to float ideas, to consider options that seem strange, and generally work towards solutions. His disclosures undermined the ability to do that, and made the whole world a less stable place...something we really don't need. Now, after complaining forever about how unfair this all is he's finally decided to accept at least some of the responsibility for what he did. Since we don't know the specifics it's impossible to evaluate this "deal" but at least it's a start.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy from Canada

      Was his intent to assist or harm America? Did he know the consequence of his actions? How did some one like him have clearance to this information if it was so sensitive?

      I am not defending him nor condemning. I just think we need to know more about why and how,

      He caused international embarrassments by knowingly exceeding the liberties of his job but did he do it for or against America is the question. This may also be laying legal groundwork to charge Assange for publishing it.

      Perhaps it is hard to say what is doing on from the limited information the media has access to.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Jimmy, as far as many people are concerned, we don't need to know why he betrayed his country. He is in the Military. He swore an oath. He intentionally.leaked classified information. The Uniformed Code of Military Justice doesn't make exceptions for breaking the law to serve the greater good.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Soldier

      Take the plea if it includes stretching Manning's neck at the end of a rope.

      Otherwise, reject it, try him, convict him and execute him as the traitor he has shown himself to be.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      He needs to be shot. 46 cents for a bullet and yet millions to defend this ungrateful peice of garbage.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Hang this traitor alongside the Fort Hood shooter.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yep Obama

      Hey Chris, Ill dig a hole. The one this traitor should be buried in right after i climb a tree to secure the rope that should be around his neck. Next question.....

      November 9, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. dpkirpy

    As with all traitors......kill them. Next.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. HCMC_MCPO

    This one is easy....hang him in the streets.....NEXT!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. 1SG

    As a Soldier for over 20 years I am asamed of this person even calling himself a Soldier or an American he put thousands in harms way with his selfish look at poor me act. He should be given the death penelty for being a trator

    November 9, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. mmi16

    Treason is treason.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. tjp44

    freaks........maybe you should hang

    November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. @scorpionman-

    Why is it, your grammar is so poor?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 4bammy

    His strange career as the military's model whipping boy served the purpose of demonizing all efforts to restore integrity. It's a scare tactic built on a deception with a heap of declassified dung.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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