Discuss as:

Charges filed against Army Wiki-leaker


Criminal charges have been filed against a 22-year old Army private accused of leaking a classified video of an Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a number of civilians to the WikiLeaks Web site.

Private First Class Bradley Manning faces two charges and 12 counts of illegally providing classified information to an unauthorized source.

The charge sheet claims that Manning unlawfully accessed the gun camera video of an Apache helicopter attack on July 12, 2007 against suspected insurgents killing an undetermined number of civilians, including two Reuters employees and passed that video onto WikiLeaks. Manning is also charged with unlawfully tapping into the military's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network to obtain the video and more than 200,000 classified State Department cables.

Manning remains in custody in Kuwait, but will be returned to Baghdad shortly to face an Article 32 hearing, the military's equivalent of a grand jury hearing.