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Manning Found Not Guilty

U.S. Army Private First Class, Bradley Manning, has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy.

He was accused of the largest leak of classified information in the history of the United States.

Manning could have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.

Though he managed to avoid the largest charge against him, he was convicted of 19 lesser charges.  They include six espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.

Manning was accused of providing WikiLeaks with more than 700,000 battlefield reports, diplomatic cables, and video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attacking Iraq civilians.

He claimed during a pre-trial hearing that he wanted to expose the militarys complete disregard for human life.

Mannings sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday, July 31.

 

 

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