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U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty To Some Charges In WikiLeaks Case

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning
The U.S. soldier accused of sending thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website has pleaded not guilty to aiding the enemy.

At a pretrial hearing in a military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to a series of 10 lesser charges.

He said he leaked documents to spark a "public debate" on military and foreign policy.

A military judge will now decide whether to accept the guilty plea.

The 25-year-old analyst, who was detained in May 2010 in Iraq, faces a total of 22 charges.

If the judge accepts Manning's plea he would face 20 years in prison.

But prosecutors can still pursue a court-martial on the remaining charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence.

The trial is set to begin on June 3.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP