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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from a security vehicle to a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, for a military hearing (Credit: AP/Patrick Semansky)

Manning, 24, is charged with “aiding the enemy” and stealing hundreds of thousand of classified US government secrets and cables, which were eventually made public on the internet by WikiLeaks. The charges claim that Manning illegally downloaded the documents while he was an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, and that he released those documents knowing they would be published on the Internet and accessible to the enemy.

If convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment of reduction to the lowest enlisted pay grade, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances; confinement for life; and a dishonorable discharge.

Source: MSNBC

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