Fort Meade (US): Bradley Manning, the US Army
private accused of spilling thousands of US secrets to
WikiLeaks, is being asked for the first time to enter a plea
to the charges.
Manning`s arraignment began on Thursday.
The 24-year-old faces 22 counts, including aiding the
enemy. That charge carries a maximum sentence of life in
Manning has been locked up since May 2010. He is accused
of giving the anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website more than 700,000
classified documents and video clips while working in Iraq.
Defence lawyers say Manning was a troubled soldier who
shouldn`t have had access to classified material.