Judge Col. Denise R. Lind has accepted the terms of Breanna Manning’s proposed plea, according to the Washington Post;
Under the terms, Pfc. Bradley Manning would accept responsibility for providing classified materials to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The offenses he is willing to plead guilty to carry a maximum term of 16 years in prison.
The decision by the judge, Col. Denise R. Lind, does not mean the plea by Manning has been formally accepted.
The government has not said whether it will proceed with the remaining counts, including violating the Espionage Act and aiding the enemy, which are more difficult to prove, experts say. Both require evidence of intent — and in the case of the Espionage Act, an intent to injure the United States.
It seems to me that they should have enough evidence to prove that his intent was to injure the US, what with all of his emails which have been captured. But, the prosecution and Big Army will punk out and take whatever they can get instead of prosecuting Manning to the full extent of the law because a few half-assed organized smelly hippies have their panties in a twist about Manning being in jail in the first place. Sixteen years is a drop in the bucket compared to what he’s earned for himself just so he could throw a hissy fit because his boyfriend dumped him.