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U.S. Army: WikiLeaks Suspect Competent To Stand Trial

Bradley Manning could face the death penalty or life in prison
The U.S. Army says the American soldier accused of obtaining thousands of secret U.S. government documents that were later published by the WikiLeaks website has been determined to be competent to stand trial.

Army spokesman Gary Tallman said a panel of experts completed its medical and mental evaluation of Private Bradley Manning on April 22, and informed Army officials on April 29 of the conclusion that he is fit to stand trial.

The spokesman added that no date has been set yet for an initial court hearing in the case.

Manning has been charged with illegally obtaining thousands of U.S. military and diplomatic documents that were later released by WikiLeaks.

Manning could face the death penalty or life in prison if found guilty of the charge of aiding an enemy of the United States.

Manning was transferred from a Marine Corps prison near Washington last week to a new facility in the central state of Kansas.

compiled from agency reports