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Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding and abetting enemy, but guilty of espionage

US ARMY PRIVATE Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving secrets to WikiLeaks.

Bradley Manning (File)
Bradley Manning (File)
Image: Patrick Semansky/AP

A US MILITARY judge has found Wikileaks’ source Private Bradley Manning guilty of several counts of espionage but cleared him of the charge that he ‘aided the enemy.’

Despite being cleared on the most serious charge, Manning will still face a lengthy prison term for his breaches of the espionage act when a sentencing hearing begins tomorrow.

In all, Manning was found guilty of 20 of 22 counts related to his leaking of a huge trove of secret US diplomatic cables, government records and military logs to the Wikileaks website.

Miltary judge Colonel Denise Lind said that she would begin sentencing hearings the next day, at the Fort Meade military base outside Washington where the trial was held.

If Lind decides to impose penalties in the higher ranges permitted under the charges, the now 25-year-old Manning could face a de facto life sentence of more than 100 years in jail.

- © AFP, 2013

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