Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless'
FORT MEADE, Maryland (REUTERS) - The military judge who will determine how long United States (US) soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history on Friday said she found that his acts were "wanton and reckless".
Judge Colonel Denise Lind last month found Manning, 25, guilty of 20 criminal counts, including espionage and theft, for handing over some 700,000 secret US documents to the WikiLeaks pro-transparency website.
On Monday, she will begin deliberations on Manning's sentence. He could face up to 90 years in prison for his role in a case that catapulted WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, into the world spotlight.
"Manning's conduct was of a heedless nature that made it actually and imminently dangerous to others. His conduct was both wanton and reckless," Ms Lind said in a series of written findings issued after prosecutors finished their sentencing arguments on Friday.