FORT MEADE, MARYLAND: A US military judge found Wikileaks’ source Private Bradley Manning guilty of several counts of espionage on Tuesday but cleared him of the charge that he ‘aided the enemy’ – the most serious charge he faced for handing over documents to WikiLeaks.
The judge found him guilty of most of the other 20 criminal counts in the biggest breach of classified information under the espionage act in the nation’s history. He could possibly face 100 years in jail for the charges he was found guilty of.
The US government was pushing for the maximum penalty for what it viewed as a serious breach of national security.
Despite being cleared on the most serious charge, Manning will still face a lengthy prison term for his breaches of the espionage act when a sentencing hearing begins Wednesday.
A crowd of about 30 Manning supporters had gathered outside Fort Meade ahead of the reading of the verdict.