Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Friday, July 26, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prision. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen))
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A military judge is deliberating the fate of an Army private accused of aiding the enemy by engineering a high-volume leak of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.
Army Col. Denise Lind started deliberating Friday in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
The 25-year-old soldier has acknowledged he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
Lind must decide whether Manning knew al-Qaida would see the material, as prosecutors allege, or if he was simply a naive soldier trying to expose wrongdoing by the military and U.S. diplomats.
Lind has said she will give a day's notice before reconvening the court to announce her findings