Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve 20 years in prison for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks that described U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.
The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy, meaning that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. If convicted at trial, he risks a sentence of life in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
The First American to Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un: Is Dennis Rodman. "Kim, 30, is known to have been a Rodman fan since his teenage years."
An Awful Story Out of South Africa: No, not that one. This: "The police did not seem at all concerned by all the witnesses and the presence of cameras as they tied Mido Macia, a 27-year-old from neighboring Mozambique, to the back of a police vehicle, his hands behind his head." Macia later died in police custody.
Gay Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian: Found dead yesterday in an apparent homicide. His campaign spokesman says he doesn't think McMillian's murder was "politically motivated or a hate crime." The AP has a longer story here.