Manning to be sentenced

US soldier Bradley Manning could face 136-year sentence later today after he was convicted of most of the 21 charges against him for leaking classified government files to WikiLeaks. He was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

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Manning prosecutors argue he acted with 'evil intent'

Prosecutors in the court martial of Bradley Manning have tried to prove he had a "general evil intent" and knew the classified material would be seen by al-Qaida.

  • Legal experts say an 'aiding the enemy' conviction could set a precedent as Manning did not give the material directly to al-Qaida.
  • In bringing the charge prosecutors cited the Civil War-era court martial of Henry Vanderwater, a Union soldier convicted in 1863 of the offence for giving a newspaper in Virginia a command roster that was then published
  • Prosecutors say he is a traitor who leaked information he had sworn to protect
  • They argued that Osama bin Laden had obtained some of the documents published by WikiLeaks before he was killed in 2011
  • WikiLeaks published the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of documents leaked online, in many cases without omitting personal or logistically sensitive information

Manning's defence say he acted to 'expose war crimes'

In closing statements to miltary judge Colonel Denise Lind, Bradley Manning's defence team argued that he acted to expose war crimes and expose deceitful diplomacy.

  • The former intelligence analyst admitted to sending more than 470,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports to WikiLeaks
  • He also admitted sending more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables, including battlefield video clips to the organisation whilst in Iraq in 2010
  • The video clips contained footage of a helicopter attack on civilians and press in 2007.
  • Manning is charged with eight federal Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts, and two federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, each of which are punishable by up to 10 years
  • Colonel Lind will also rule on the five military counts of violating a lawful general regulation, each punishable by up to two years each


Verdict due for Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks trial

US soldier Bradley Manning, charged with passing US government secrets to WikiLeaks, will learn his fate later this evening as the military judge hearing his court-martial is expected to announce her decision at 6.00pm BST.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, escorted out of court in Maryland, on July 29. Credit: Reuters

Manning faces 21 counts which include espionage, computer fraud, and theft. The most serious charge against him is 'aiding the enemy', which normally carries the death penalty, but could carry a possible life sentence in this case.

The 25-year-old has already pleaded guilty to 11 of the charges after presiding Judge Col Denise Lind ruled that he could not argue we was acting in the public interest when he released information to WikiLeaks.

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