On Monday, the bench trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning began at Fort Meade. Manning faces numerous charges related to the release of thousands of classified documents that were later published on Wikileaks, the most serious being that of aiding the enemy, to which Manning pleaded not guilty. If Manning is found guilty of aiding the enemy, he will receive a life sentence. In February, Manning pleaded guilty to ten of the twenty-two charges against him for providing classified materials to Wikileaks. In April, the judge in the case raised the burden of proof, requiring the state to prove that Manning knowingly aided al Qaeda.