FORT MEADE, Md. (November 8, 2012)—Pfc. Bradley Manning, who’s charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, is offering to plead guilty to some offenses, his civilian defense attorney, David Coombs, revealed during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade that continues Thursday.
Coombs says Manning isn't pleading guilty to the offenses charged by the government, but instead is 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 including 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.