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Well I thought this case deserves an update seeing how Manning is a 'cause célèbre' around here.
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. materials later published by WikiLeaks LA Times
Manning claimed his motivation for leaking was general 'angst' with the way the US was prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wanted the strategy to change and thought the public would rebel against if they knew all the details.
The military, he said, had become “obsessed with capturing or killing” people on a list while ignoring what the operations were doing to ordinary people in the two nations. NYT
Manning made a 'naked' plea so the prosecution is under no obligation to accept it.
The judge, Col. Denise Lind, must decide whether to accept the guilty pleas, which could carry a sentence of 20 years in prison. Prosecutors could still pursue a court-martial on the remaining charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence. CBSNews
It does not seem that Manning addressed his treatment in jail during his statement but...
Under a ruling last month by Lind, Manning would have any sentence reduced by 112 days to compensate for the markedly harsh treatment he received during his confinement. While at Quantico, Manning was placed in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day with guards checking on him every few minutes. Reuters
Harsh but he was definitively not tortured in order to get information.