Manning Found Guilty Of Espionage & Theft, But Acquitted Of Aiding The Enemy

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FORT MEADE, Md. – Army PFC. Bradley Manning, on trial for giving thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, has been convicted on multiple counts but was acquitted on the most serious charge facing him: aiding the enemy.

Manning was being tried in a military court martial and had requested a judge decide his case instead of a jury. Judge Col. Denise Lind released the verdict today.

A sentencing hearing will begin on Wednesday. Manning was convicted on five espionage counts, five theft counts, a computer fraud count and other military infractions. If he receives the maximum punishment for each count, he could be imprisoned for more than 100 years.

Earlier this year, Manning pleaded guilty to a number of lesser offenses that could have sent him to prison for two decades.

Manning was awarded the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award by the International Peace Bureau earlier this month and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work to help end the Iraq War and exposing atrocities by American soldiers.


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