Bradley Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy, Guilty on Other Counts

World | July 30, 2013, Tuesday // 21:02

A military judge acquitted Tuesday Bradley Manning, the US army private accused of sending more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, of aiding the enemy.

After spending three years in custody, following an eight-week trial, Manning, 25, was found guilty of 20 charges in total, including espionage, theft, a computer fraud charge and multiple military infractions, according to reports of the BBC News.

Had Manning been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he would have faced life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

He now faces a maximum penalty of 100+ years and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Manning is said to have orchestrated the largest leak of classified information in US history.

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