The US Army has brought an additional 22 charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning related to the WikiLeaks releases, including allegations of transmitting classified documents for release to “the enemy.”
The charge of “aiding the enemy,” which interestingly enough provides no indication of who “the enemy” actually is, could theoretically net Manning the death penalty, satisfying a number of Congressmen demanding his execution. Army prosecutors, however, say they don’t intend to seek the death penalty in this case.
Manning is the presumptive source of the vast numbers of classified documents released to the general public by WikiLeaks, and the new charges are the result of seven additional months of investigating. The army says the new charges “more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes.”
Of course, whether they can successfully convict Manning is another matter entirely, particularly after months of abuse in military detention. Last month his lawyer suggested that that they were going to push for a full dismissal of charges because of the extent of the abuses.