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Manning guilty of violating Espionage Act, not guilty of aiding the enemy

Manning guilty of violating Espionage Act, not guilty of aiding the enemy

A military judge ruled Tuesday that Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning violated the Espionage Act when he gave a trove of classified material to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks to publish online. But Army Col. Denise Lind found the onetime Marylander not guilty of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge brought by the government, which carries a possible life sentence. Manning, 25, could still be sentenced to decades in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of war logs, diplomatic cables and battlefield video footage in the largest security breach in U.S. history. Maximum terms for the 20 counts of espionage, theft and disobeying regulations on which he was convicted add up to 136...

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