Bradley Manning Court-Martial Opens Monday at Fort Meade - baltimoresun.com
The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the onetime Maryland resident at the center of the largest security breach in U.S. history, begins today at Fort Meade.
Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including diplomatic cables, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and gunsight video footage of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed civilians in Baghdad, to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
The 25-year-old soldier faces charges including violating the Espionage Act and aiding the enemy. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
The Military District of Washington, which is convening the court-martial, received more than 350 requests from news organizations for credentials to cover the proceedings. The district has made 10 seats in the courtroom and 70 seats in a nearby media center available to reporters.