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WikiLeaks calls more charges against soldier a "vindictive attack"

Private First Class Bradley Manning, who has been held in solitary confinement at a military jail in Virginia, is now facing 22 more charges related to leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, the BBC reported. The news comes just after the announcement that WikiLeaks has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

In the charges, the Army accused Manning of "wrongfully and wantonly" allowing secret intelligence information to be published online, thus aiding "the enemy," explained the Los Angeles Times.

While the charges are a capital offense, the Army said it would not recommend the death penalty, according to CNN.

The 22 new counts bring to 34 the charges Manning is facing. He first was charged last July, the Washington Post said.

In response to the filing of the charges, WikiLeaks' Twitter feed said, "Capital charge 'aiding the enemy' is a vindictive attack on Manning for exercising his right to silence. No evidence of any such thing."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department continues to examine possible charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Los Angeles Times story said. Assange is appealing extradition to Sweden on rape charges, the GlobalPost reported.

This blog is produced at The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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» Salon (Bradley Manning could face death: For what?)


Adidasi wrote 6 years 33 weeks ago


Poor Julian he is hunted for his investigations.

Rebet wrote 6 years 33 weeks ago

This is crazy the punishment

This is crazy the punishment for leaking those documents is too harsh in my opinion. Solitary confinement!?
I wonder who will accept the nobel prize if wikileaks wins? Since Asange is not nominated then who is!?

Bard wrote 6 years 33 weeks ago

There are no rape charges!

Idiotic Journalism, repeating the smear.

He's wanted for questioning for having unprotected sex with a consenting partner.

Complete and utter bollocks.

Guest wrote 6 years 33 weeks ago


The american people should be ashamed of what their country has become.

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