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The soldier charged with the biggest leak of classified information in American history today pleaded guilty but not guilty to the most serious charges which include aiding the enemy.
That could've gotten the death penalty.
Private Bradley Manning now admits he gave thousands of secret document to the WikiLeaks website uploading them -- a Barnes & Noble in Maryland just outside the city.
And now is telling us why he did.
Tracy -- in the West Coast news of the Stephanie says WikiLeaks really wasn't his first choice.
Now first tried to -- the documents show up to the Washington Post and then the New York Times but he says neither one of those publications whose -- did so then he tried.
The political website Politico but he says bad weather the airport stop that from happening that's when he finally contacted WikiLeaks.
And who he believed -- -- -- sons who by the way is still holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy in London trying to avoid being extradited to Sweden.
On sex charges -- Bradley Manning says he thought the documents would be embarrassing to the US but not damaging saying quoting here.
I believe that if the general public especially the American public.
Had access to the information this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.
Today -- judge accepted his plea but he's still going to trial.
On the more serious charges.
And a former jag attorney thinks today.
He would made a mistake was.
So -- they maintain their innocence and aiding the enemy side of the case.
He's gonna have to then explain -- Gerri how these statements are all true and under oath he admitted doing these things but yet it's not aiding the enemy.
And here's why.
And gave -- -- everything he said today in court can be used against him for his trial which is set to begin.
In June shut Trace Gallagher live in Los Angeles.
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