A military judge has decided not to dismiss the primary charge against Pfc. Bradley Manning — that he aided the enemy by leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.
Col. Denise Lind, the military judge overseeing Manning’s case, on Thursday refused to allow a defense motion to throw out the charge, according to multiple reports.
Manning faces life imprisonment under military custody if he's found guilty of aiding the enemy, and would not have the option of parole.
The federal government previously decided not to seek the death penalty against Manning.
Lind's decision comes a few months after Manning admitted to leaking a massive number of documents to WikiLeaks. Manning pleaded guilty to 10 offenses, but denied 12 counts related to aiding the enemy.