The army intelligence specialist charged with leaking U.S. military secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been moved from Kuwait to a military jail in Virginia.

In a statement issued Friday, the U.S. army said Pte. Bradley Manning was flown Thursday to Quantico Marine Base, where he will be held while awaiting trial for leaking top-secret military intelligence to WikiLeaks, a site devoted to publishing leaked government and other sensitive documents.

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The 22-year-old intelligence analyst is accused of leaking a classified helicopter cockpit video of a 2007 firefight in Baghdad that left a Reuters photographer and his driver dead.

He's also come under suspicion in the leak of tens of thousands of secret Afghanistan war logs that WikiLeaks posted this week on the internet.

White House calls for halt in posting documents

Meanwhile, the White House is asking WikiLeaks not to post any more classified documents about the Afghanistan war, saying U.S. national security and Afghan lives are at risk.


Founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, faces the media during an event held in London after the online whistleblower website released leaked U.S. army and intelligence documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. ((Max Nash/Associated Press))

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the leak of tens of thousands of secret military documents already has jeopardized the lives of Afghans working with the U.S. and its war allies.

Gibbs said the Taliban has declared it will comb the documents for the names of people who have co-operated with international forces in Afghanistan.

Interviewed Friday on NBC television's Today show, Gibbs said the release of the remaining  documents reportedly still held by WikiLeaks would do more damage.

Gibbs said the White House "can do nothing but implore the person who has the documents not to post any more."

On Thursday, U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said a criminal investigation into the leak could range beyond the military.

He would not rule out charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, for example, saying, "The investigation should go wherever it needs to go."