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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'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

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