Bradley Manning Found Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy
Posted on Jul 30, 2013
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been found guilty by a military judge on a number of lesser charges related to the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. However, he was acquitted of aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge leveled against him.
The decision, issued by Judge Col. Denise Lind, came down around 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The charge of aiding the enemy was the most serious of 21 counts. It carried a possible life sentence without parole.
Manning was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.
Manning’s sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday.
Manning, a native of Crescent, Okla., had prior to the verdict admitted to sending 470,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables and other material, including several battlefield video clips, to WikiLeaks while working in Army intelligence in Iraq in early 2010.
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