WASHINGTON -- A military judge has postponed the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been charged with aiding terrorists by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified government cables and reports to WikiLeaks, from March until June so the judge can determine how classified information may be used during the proceedings, Army officials said.
Manning, a 25-year-old former intelligence analyst in Iraq, is accused of giving the website WikiLeaks more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables and thousands of military field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was arrested in May 2010 and faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Prosecutors have indicated that they intend to introduce classified evidence showing that Al Qaeda used some of the classified documents that Manning allegedly provided to WikiLeaks.
Manning’s lawyers have said he is willing to plead guilty to lesser charges for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. In the proposed agreement, Manning would admit to sending WikiLeaks classified reports and cables, but he wouldn’t plead guilty to aiding the enemy or other violations of federal espionage laws.