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Wikileaks informant Manning not guilty of ‘aiding the enemy’

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was found not guilty Tuesday of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge he faced and the only charge that carried a life sentence.

The Army intelligence analyst was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions, as reported by Fox News.

He was also found not guilty of unauthorized possession of information relating to national defense. Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Manning could spend the rest of his life behind bars as the maximum sentence for the charges would be 150 years.

Manning, who has spent three years in custody, provided a trove of sensitive government documents to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

In all, he is said to have delivered three-quarters of a million pages of classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks, which has never confirmed the soldier was the source of its information, according to CNN.

To be convicted of aiding the enemy, prosecutors has to prove Manning had “a general evil intent” and that he knew the classified material would be seen by al Qaeda, Fox News noted.

Manning said all along that he didn’t believe the information would harm troops in Afghanistan and Iraq or threaten national security.

Tom Tillison

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