The U.S. Army added 22 charges against military intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who allegedly passed on classified information to WikiLeaks for publication online, reports the Armed Forces Press Service.
"The new charges more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes that Pfc. Manning is accused of committing," Capt. John Haberland explained. Haberland is a legal spokesman for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.
The new charges allege Manning stole classified information by installing unauthorized software onto government computers, then unlawfully downloaded it and released it for use by the public and by the enemy.
According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 104, the charge of aiding the enemy is a capital offense. The prosecution notified the defense that it would not seek the death penalty.
The trial proceedings have been delayed awaiting the results of a psychological evaluation of Manning that the defense requested, in order to determine his mental capacity and culpability.