Mixed verdict for Manning, faces 150 years


A military judge rejected the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, but convicted the WikiLeaker of other charges which, together with Bradley Manning’s earlier guilty pleas, could lead to a sentence of a century and a half.

From Michael Doyle of the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

A military judge on Tuesday acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious charge against him but found the former intelligence analyst and self-styled whistleblower guilty of various charges involving stolen documents turned over to the WikiLeaks website.

In the most highly scrutinized court-martial in years, Army Col. Denise Lind acquitted Manning on a charge of aiding the enemy. A conviction could have sent the 25-year-old Manning to prison for life.

But following a nearly two-month trial held at Maryland’s Fort Meade, outside of Washington, D.C., Lind found Manning guilty of multiple espionage counts related to the theft and distribution of some 700,000 digital government documents. Manning provided the documentary treasure trove to WikiLeaks, which publishes material from U.S. and foreign corporations and governments.

Lind will sentence Manning following another extended hearing that starts Wednesday and will include additional testimony. In theory, according to a tally by the Manning Support Network, Manning could still face a sentence of more than 150 years.

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UPDATE: A video report from Sky News:

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One response to “Mixed verdict for Manning, faces 150 years

  1. Poor Manning! This did not have to happen. I’d have like to ask him why and then decide about why he did what he did. It’s too harsh of a punishment! With the NSA doing it’s thing, spying on every one on everything with private corporations, they should also get 150 years in the federal prison and anyone who sanctioned all of that.

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