Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning acquitted of "Aiding the enemy" charge

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence officer who released thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks, was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge against him that potentially carried a life sentence — on Tuesday, according to NBC.

Manning was, however, found guilty of another 19 charges, including 5 counts of espionage.

Col. Denise Lind, the judge in Manning's court martial trial, announced the verdict Tuesday morning in Fort Meade, Md.

Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges that carry prison sentences up to 20 years, as well as a dishonorable discharge, reports NBC.

Manning, 25, who is openly gay, was convicted of violating military code, including failing to obey an order or regulation, reports NBC.

Manning could face up to 125 years in prison as a result of the other charges of which he was found guilty, including "espionage."


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