Manning Verdict Could Test Notion of Aiding Enemy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - It's judgment day for Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who spilled U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks.
A military judge is expected to announce her verdicts Tuesday afternoon in the soldier's court-martial.

He faces a possible life sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website.

The 25-year-old soldier also faces 20 other counts, including espionage, computer fraud and theft. He has acknowledged sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to WikiLeaks 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 called him an anarchist hacker and a traitor.

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