Court martial sought for suspected WikiLeaks leaker

By REUTERS
January 13, 2012 03:42

WASHINGTON - An Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking thousands of classified US government files to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks should be court-martialed on charges related to the incident, an investigating officer recommended on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza, after reviewing evidence from a weeklong hearing in December, told the General Court Martial Convening Authority that Manning should be prosecuted on all 22 charges presented in the hearing, including aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet.

"The investigating officer concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged," the US Army Military District of Washington said in a press release.

Aiding the enemy is an offense that could bring the death penalty but the prosecution has said it intends to seek a maximum of life in prison for Manning.


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