WikiLeaks’s Manning Pleads Guilty
Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to 10 of 22 charges against him in the WikiLeaks case on Wednesday, admitting that he helped engineer the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history. But the Army private denied that the leaks directly benefited al Qaeda—the most serious charge in the case. A military judge will now decide whether to accept the guilty plea, though prosecutors could still pursue the 12 remaining charges. The 10 charges he admitted to carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, but Manning could face a lifetime sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy.
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President Obama was expected to quickly turn the page on President
Bush’s detention policies, and yet, over a year into his presidency,
we’re still finding that the page is stuck: The New York Times looks at
the schism within the Obama administration over counterterrorism powers.
Administration lawyers, particularly within the State Department and the
Pentagon, are split over the extent of the White House’s power. The
Times recounts several internal White House battles. Early on, the Obama
team said it would revise Bush’s sweeping detention policies by limiting
its detentions of people without trials to members and “substantial
supporters” of al Qaeda. But last summer, some lawyers argued that an
Algerian “supporter” who helped al Qaeda recruits travel to Afghanistan
was not as detainable as actual al-Qaeda fighters. In a secret memo,
Harold Koh, the State Department’s top lawyer, said there was no backing
in the laws of war for the Algerian man’s detention; the Pentagon’s top
lawyer, meanwhile, argued for a flexible definition of whom could be
detained. Rather than answer the question, the administration simply
redefined the man as effectively part of al Qaeda, rather than just a
Read it at The New York Times:
American Terror Suspect Traveled Freely
It’s not a good sign when a terror suspect can travel to Pakistan’s tribal areas unimpeded. David C. Headley, an American suspect who allegedly helped plan the 2008 Mumbai bombing, moved freely between Pakistan, India, and the U.S. over almost seven years, The New York Times reports. According to documents Headley released as part of a plea agreement to spare him the death penalty, he traveled to the tribal area and al Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan in Pakistan twice, and trained at well-known terrorist camps in Pakistan on five occasions from 2002 to 2005. More troubling is Headley’s alleged involvement with a European terrorist cell that planned to attack the Copenhagen offices of the newspaper that printed cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad. Headley’s story also details the close relationship between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.