The US army soldier who leaked secret cables to Wikileaks has admitted ten spying charges.
Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred US government secrets. He could serve up to 20 years in prison for what he has admitted so far.
The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy.
This means that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. He could be locked up for the rest of his life if these charges stick.
According to the LA Times, Manning admitted that he leaked the video of a helicopter gun battle, State Department cables, an Army field manual and Army documents on Iraq and Afghanistan that detailed the military’s patrol reports there.
He also admitted that he leaked confidential file assessments of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and five classified records from a US bombing in the Farah Province of Afghanistan, which killed up to 30 civilians.
Asked repeatedly by the judge, Denise Lind, if he wanted to go forward with the guilty pleas, Manning answered “yes”.
Manning said that the Apache team in the video he leaked worried him. “They seemed not to value human life,” he said in a statement. He compared the team in the now infamous ‘Collateral Murder’ video to a “child torturing an ant with a magnifying glass,” the Guardian reports.
So far he has spent 1,007 days in jail without trial.