US army private charged in Wikileaks case

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A US army private has declined to enter a plea, after being formally charged with the largest leak of classified documents in American history.

Bradley Manning, 24, made a military court appearance at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

Military prosecutors claim he downloaded more than 700,000 documents and transferred thousands to Wikileaks, a website which promotes leaking government and corporate information.

The intelligence analyst faces 22 counts in all, including aiding the enemy. That charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Manning’s trial may not get underway until August.