WikiLeaks trial: Soldier Manning not guilty of aiding enemy
FORT MEADE (Reuters, AP) - Military judge Colonel Denise Lind on Tuesday found US soldier Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy - the most serious charge he faced for handling over documents to WikiLeaks.
But she found him guilty of most of the other 20 criminal counts in the biggest breach of classified information in the nation's history.
Manning was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions. His sentencing hearing is set to begin on Wednesday.
The US government was pushing for the maximum penalty for what it viewed as a serious breach of national security, which included battlefield reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while anti-secrecy activists praised Manning's action as shining a light on shadowy US operations abroad.