Pfc. Bradley Manning offers guilty plea in Wikileaks case
Manning's civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, revealed the offer Wednesday during a pretrial hearing that continues Thursday.
FORT MEADE, Maryland
Pfc.¬†Bradley¬†Manning's¬†civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, revealed the offer Wednesday during a pretrial hearing that continues Thursday.
Coombs says¬†Manning¬†isn't pleading guilty to the offenses charged by the government. He's offering to take responsibility for less serious offenses that are encapsulated within the charged crimes.
Even if the court accepts the offer, military prosecutors could still try to prove¬†Manning¬†guilty of the more serious charges. They include aiding the enemy, punishable by life imprisonment.
Coombs also says¬†Manning¬†has elected to be tried by a military judge, not a jury, at his trial in February.