The American soldier behind bars for more than 18 months, suspected of leaking classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, will go before a military panel on December 16, according to a U.S. military release.
The military made the announcement Monday afternoon regarding Pfc. Bradley Manning. The hearing will happen at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. CNN.com placed a call to Manning's attorney, who was not immediately available for comment.
Manning is charged with aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy, theft of property or records,¬†transmitting defense information, fraud and related¬†activity¬†in connection with computers and violating¬†Army regulations, according to the military.
If convicted of all charges, he would face life in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
In February, a friend of Manning's told reporters that the soldier, who was 23 when he was arrested in 2010, was¬†deteriorating mentally and physically from his imprisonment. Manning was initially held at the Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia,¬†but has since been transferred to the prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Last month, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange was ordered extradited from England to Sweden to face charges related to a sex crime investigation unrelated to WikiLeaks. But Assange's extradition is significant in the WikiLeaks story because many say that if he is behind bars, WikiLeaks will not be able to continue.