Bradley Manning, the gay intelligence analyst charged with leaking U.S. government documents published by WikiLeaks, is facing 22 additional charges including "aiding the enemy," an offense that carries a potential death sentence.
The Army filed the new charges Wednesday against Manning, who is accused of downloading tens of thousands of classified U.S. military and State Department documents that were then publicly released by WikiLeaks.
Pentagon and military officials say some of the classified information obtained by Manning contained names of informants and others who had cooperated with the military in Afghanistan, putting their lives in danger.
Manning, 23, was first charged in July with illegally downloading documents when he worked as a military intelligence analyst in Baghdad. He was also charged with obtaining 150,000 classified State Department cables.
Military prosecutors are recommending a life sentence if he were to be convicted of the "aiding the enemy" charge only. But the military judge would have to power to ignore the recommendation and impose the death penalty.