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Court-martial recommended for Bradley Manning

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Court-martial recommended for Bradley Manning

Soldier accused of giving classified documents to Wikileaks' Assange

  • A sticker used by supporters of Pvt. Bradley Manning.
    Eric Steuer/FlickrA sticker used by supporters of Pvt. Bradley Manning.

WASHINGTON — Pvt. Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst accused of giving Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hundreds of classified documents, has been recommended to stand trial before a court martial, according to the BBC.

The recommendation will now make its way up the chain of command to be decided by military district of Washington commander Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, the Associated Press reported. There is no timeline for when this decision will be made.

Manning, 24, has been held in Quantico, Va., since July 2010, and periods of his detainment have been called solitary confinement by some human rights groups that have criticized the government’s treatment of a man lawyers say is mentally ill.

In a preview of what his defense may look like, lawyers in December said that others also had access to his computers, and that Manning, who is gay, was struggling under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned gay servicemembers from serving openly, according to the AP.

The article also reported that the lawyers argued that the release of the documents did little or no damage to U.S. national security, although in closed tribunal testimony it is possible the prosecution could present classified evidence to the contrary.

Manning was placed on suicide watch in 2011 according to UPI, and it is unclear whether he still is. Julian Assange, on the other hand, was detained in a mansion outside London at the same time Manning was in solitary confinement, the New York Times reported last year.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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