May 21, 2013 2:02 pm

Wikileaks prosecutor will accept Manning’s guilty plea to 1 of 22 offences

Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is escorted from a hearing, on January 8, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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FORT MEADE, Md. – Prosecutors say they will accept a U.S. Army private’s guilty plea to a lesser version of one of 22 counts he faces.

Maj. Ashden Fein said Tuesday that prosecutors had changed their minds about trying to convict Pfc. Bradley Manning with violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in connection with the release of a cable known as Reykjavik-13.

Wikileaks posted the cable in 2010 about a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, summarizing U.S. Embassy discussions with Icelandic officials about the country’s financial troubles.

The cable was among more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents Manning acknowledged sending to the WikiLeaks site.

Fein did not give a reason for the change.

Manning pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charge in February.

His trial is scheduled to start June 3.

© The Associated Press, 2013

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