Manning pleads guilty to 11 charges
Pfc. Bradley Manning is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
February 28th, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Manning pleads guilty to 11 charges

[Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET] Pfc. Bradley Manning, after pleading guilty to half of the 22 charges against him in a case of document leaks to WikiLeaks, has explained in court why and how he leaked classified material.

In an hourlong statement in court, he said he passed on what "upset" or "disturbed" him but nothing he thought would harm the United States if it became public.

[Posted at 12:48 p.m. ET] Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to half of the 22 charges against him, but not the major one, in what the government says is the largest leak of classified documents in the nation's history.

The Army intelligence analyst is accused of stealing thousands of classified documents while serving in Iraq. The material was then published online by WikiLeaks.

The group, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information through its website, has never confirmed that Manning was the source of its information.

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  1. Chief Petty Officer, ret.

    CNN deleted my comments because I am a decorated veteran. And a chef.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • becca

      CNN monitors need to be reported to the FCC, or what ever. There was a nasty guy calling me horrid things, and clearly violating the terms. He said he knew someone, and would make sure every comment i made would be deleted, and THEY WERE. Changed my name, but they stil are deleting them.

      May 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chef Petty Officer Patrick

    As a chef I find this article fascinating.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Somebody sure is obsessed with all things Patrick.

      February 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    "TRAITOR" is a word that comes to mind!

    March 1, 2013 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Silver

    He spoke out against the government he served, obviously he had something he felt the public deserved to know. Traitor? i think not.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Silver

    But nobody will listen, just look at dorner.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ??????????

    is it wrong of him to make sure our government is following the rules they came up with?

    March 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NYC Fitness Events

    What a mess! Can’t imagine being involved in all of this.

    January 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |