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Soldier pleads guilty in Wikileaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. — ­Private First Class Bradley Manning confessed in open court Thursday to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the anti­secrecy group WikiLeaks, saying he wanted the information to become public “to make the world a better place.”

Appearing before a military judge for more than an hour, Manning recounted how he joined the military, became an intelligence analyst in Iraq, ­decided that certain documents should become known to the American public to prompt a wider debate about the Iraq War, and ultimately uploaded them to WikiLeaks.

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