FORT MEADE - US Army soldier Bradley Manning said Thursday that he intends to plead guilty to ten of the 22 charges leveled against him after the leak of a vast trove of official secrets to WikiLeaks. But the 25-year-old private will deny the most serious of the allegations, including that his passing of a collection of classified US government files to the whistle-blower site amounted to collusion with America’s enemies.

Manning’s plea offer was presented to a military tribunal at Fort Meade in Maryland by his lawyer David Coombs, and the young soldier confirmed to the court that he understood the implications of his offer. Manning was to read out a 35-page statement of his own, giving his account of his leak of diplomatic cables and other classified material linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Guantanamo Bay detention center.