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Military judge: Bradley Manning verdict to come on Tuesday

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:11PM GMT

The military judge presiding over Private Bradley Manning’s court-martial says she will announce a verdict Tuesday for Manning on his charges of aiding the enemy in relation to giving secret US data to WikiLeaks.

Col. Denise Lind gave the notice Monday, on the third day of deliberations in Manning’s trial at Forte Meade. Manning is facing a possible life sentence without parole if convicted of the charge, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. government tried in the course of the eight-week trial that ended on Friday to set a new precedent by arguing that Manning knew he was helping al-Qaeda when he transmitted more than 700,000 documents to the whistleblower website.

Manning is accused of the largest intelligence leak in US history. He is charged with leaking sensitive documents to WikiLeaks, including US State Department diplomatic cables, as well as war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and detainee files from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

The former soldier faces life in prison for charges including aiding the enemy and espionage. He has denied the most serious charge against him, that he knowingly aided the enemy.

He already faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty during his pretrial testimony in February to some of the lesser charges he faced.

Manning is one of the seven former or current U.S. government employees who have been charged under the Espionage Act since Obama took office. He is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero by many Americans.

AN/ARA



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