Manning faces arraignment in WikiLeaks case

Manning faces arraignment in WikiLeaks case 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 prison.

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.