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Sunday, April 29, 2012

US soldier charged with releasing classified docs ruled competent to stand trial
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On April 29, 2011, a US Army panel of experts declared that Pfc. Bradley Manning was competent to stand trial for leaking a classified video and classified State Department documents to the controversial website Wikileaks in 2010. Manning's pre-trial hearing concluded in December 2011, after which Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington referred Manning's case to general court martial in February 2012. He was formally charged with 22 criminal counts, including aiding the enemy under the Espionage Act. Manning's trial is currently underway, and a judge rejected a motion to dismiss the espionage charges against him in April 2012.

Learn more about Wikileaks and Bradley Manning from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on the relationship between Wikileaks and federal "whistleblower" standards from JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Savage in Forum.

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