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WikiLeaks prosecutor accepts GI's plea to 1 count

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  • Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is scheduled to face a court martial beginning June 3, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified records to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.

      Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is scheduled to face a court martial beginning June 3, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified records to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.
    Associated Press

 
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FORT MEADE, Md. -- Prosecutors say they will accept an Army private's guilty plea to a lesser version of one of the 22 counts he faces.

Maj. Ashden Fein said Tuesday that prosecutors had changed their minds about trying to convict Pfc. Bradley Manning with violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in connection with the release of a cable known as Reykjavik-13.

WikiLeaks posted the cable in 2010 about a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, summarizing U.S. Embassy discussions with Icelandic officials about the country's financial troubles.

The cable was among more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents Manning acknowledged sending to the WikiLeaks site.

Fein did not give a reason for the change.

Manning pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charge in February.

His trial is scheduld to start June 3.

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