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July 30, 2013

Verdict reached in WikiLeaks court-martial

FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge has reached a verdict in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Col. Denise Lind said Monday she will announce her findings at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Monday was the third day of deliberations. Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of the aiding the enemy for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.

The 25-year-old also faces 20 other counts, including espionage, computer fraud and theft. He admittedly sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

In closing arguments last week, the defense portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who wanted to expose war crimes. Prosecutors call him an anarchist hacker and a traitor.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Pfc. Bradley Manning could learn as early as Tuesday afternoon whether he will be convicted of aiding the enemy — punishable by life in prison without parole — for sending more than 700,000 government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, a military judge said Monday.

Col. Denise Lind said shortly before calling a noon lunch recess that she expects to announce her verdict at 1 p.m Tuesday in Manning’s court-martial. Lind planned to return to the bench later Monday, the third day of her deliberations. It wasn’t clear whether Lind has arrived at her findings or was merely giving guidance to court-martial participants, spectators and reporters.

The charge of aiding the enemy is the most serious of 21 counts Manning is contesting. He also is charged with eight federal Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts, and two federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, each punishable by up to 10 years; and five military counts of violating a lawful general regulation, punishable by up to two years each.

Lind has tentatively scheduled a sentencing hearing beginning Wednesday.

Manning is being tried by a judge alone, which was his choice. The trial began June 3.

The 25-year-old native of Crescent, Okla., has admitted to sending more than 470,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables, and other material including several battlefield video clips to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in early 2010.

The video included footage of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed at least nine men, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

Manning claims he sent the material to expose war crimes and deceitful diplomacy. In closing arguments last week, defense attorney David Coombs portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who never intended the material to be seen by the enemy. Manning claims he selected material that wouldn’t harm troops or national security.

Prosecutors called him an anarchist hacker and traitor who indiscriminately leaked classified information he had sworn to protect, knowing it would be seen by al-Qaida. They showed that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden obtained copies of some of the documents WikiLeaks published before bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in 2011.

Manning pleaded guilty in February to 10 counts, including less-serious military versions of all the federal charges. His admitted offenses carry prison terms punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors accepted just one of his pleas and chose to continue prosecuting Manning for the greater offenses.

 

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