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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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Assange: Manning 'the quintessential whistleblower'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described Bradley Manning as "the quintessential whistleblower" after the US soldier was convicted of espionage charges.

He accused President Barack Obama of "national security extremism" after an American military judge convicted Bradley Manning over the biggest leak of classified documents in US history.

Praising Manning as "the most important journalistic source that the world has ever seen", Mr Assange said he did not receive a fair trial and called for the verdict to be overturned.

"It can never be that conveying true information to the public is espionage,"Assange said from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, his home for more than a year.

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