Former intelligence analyst declines to enter a plea
Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, the former intelligence analyst accused in the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history, was formally charged Thursday with aiding the enemy and violating the Espionage Act.
Manning, who is accused of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, declined to enter a plea during the arraignment at Fort Meade.
He also deferred a decision on whether he wants his case to be decided by a single military judge, a panel of officers, or a panel of officers and enlisted soldiers.
He will not be required to choose until shortly before the trial. He doesn’t have to enter a plea until the trial begins.