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.
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
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.
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.