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article imageBradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

By David Silverberg     Jul 30, 2013 in World
The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, said Tuesday Manning is not guilty of aiding the enemy, but is guilty on other counts, such as violating the Espionage Act. He had already pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.
Manning plead guilty to 10 lesser charges out of a total of 22. Today, he was also found guilty of violating five counts of the Espionage Act.
The most serious charge he faced was “aiding the enemy,” which could carry a life sentence. The prosecution chose not to pursue capital punishment, which was an option.
Manning, a 25-year-old US private, downloaded more than 700,000 classified documents from US military servers and passed them to WikiLeaks.
NBC News writes some of the classified documents leaked by Manning "ended up in the hands of Osama bin Laden and were recovered in the raid on his compound by U.S. Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan."
The sentencing process will begin tomorrow morning at 9:30 EST. Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington tweeted recently he predicts Manning could face a possible "top sentence of at least 130 years in military jail."
Journalists at Fort Meade were not permitted to report the verdict directly from the courtroom, or to leave the courtroom until permitted by the judge, as BoingBoing writes.
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