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Court-Martial of Bradley Manning Begins in Fort Meade

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A courtroom sketch depicts Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, (L) and his attorney David Coombs during the first day of Manning's trial at Fort Meade in Maryland, June 3, 2013. The American soldier accused of providing more than 700,000 secret documents to the WikiLeaks website went on trial in Maryland on Monday charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. REUTERS/William Hennessy (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY UNTIL JULY 3, 2013. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES OR ARCHIVE AFTER JULY 3, 2013. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX10AK0

The court-martial of Army Private First Class Bradley Manning has started in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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Manning was arrested in 2010, accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US government documents.

The former Army intelligence analyst has admitted that he gave the documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

He faces 20 years in prison for that.

Prosecutors also want a conviction on the charge of "aiding the enemy," which carries a possible life sentence.

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