US soldier goes on trial over WikiLeaks
The trial of the US soldier accused of smuggling thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks will open in a military court today, where he faces charges of helping al-Qa'ida in its campaign against America.
Three years after the website began publishing a trove of classified US government documents, Private First Class Bradley Manning, pictured, will appear for the start of his long-delayed court martial at Fort Meade military base in Maryland.
Prosecutors are expected to call a US Navy Seal who took part in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound as they try to prove that al-Qa'ida made use of the leaks.
Pfc Manning (25) has previously admitted being responsible for the leaks and faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges. But he has denied the leak aided al-Qa'ida, claiming that his actions were intended to expose the "bloodlust" of the US. (© Daily Telegraph, London)