Bradley Manning found guilty of most charges in WikiLeaks case

Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted into court for the reading of the verdict in his military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland July 30, 2013. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted into court for the reading of the verdict in his military trial at Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Military judge Col. Denise Lind on Tuesday found soldier Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced for handling over documents to WikiLeaks. However, she found him guilty of most of the other 20 criminal counts in the biggest breach of classified information in the nation’s history.

The U.S. government was pushing for the maximum penalty for what it viewed as a serious breach of national security, which included battlefield reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while anti-secrecy activists praised Manning’s action as shining a light on shadowy U.S. operations abroad.

Army prosecutors contended during the court-martial that U.S. security was harmed when the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website published combat videos of an attack by an American Apache helicopter gunship, diplomatic cables and secret details on prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay that Manning provided the site while he was a junior intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.



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