While Manning still faces other charges, the most serious - that of 'aiding the enemy' - is now off the table:
- *US ARMY PFC BRADLEY MANNING ACQUITTED OF AIDING THE ENEMY: AP
- *BRADLEY MANNING CONVICTED OF 5 ESPIONAGE COUNTS: AP
The 'aiding the enemy' charge would have carried a maximum life sentence in prison. Manning could still face 144 years in jail for the 19 lesser charges in the Wikileaks case.
Today’s verdict follows just three days of deliberation in court martial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
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Private Bradley Manning faces 144 years in jail after a US military judge Tuesday found him guilty of 19 lesser charges in the Wikileaks case, the largest leak of classified documents in US history.
Judge, Colonel Denise Lind acquitted Manning on the key charge of aiding the enemy, which would have carried a maximum sentence of life in prison.
She also acquitted him on one other charge, but judged him guilty on 19 other counts.
The guilty verdicts in those charges could send Manning, the object of worldwide attention over his leaking of 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents, to jail for 144 years.
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