Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy, guilty of multiple lesser charges

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave more than 700,000 classified documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was acquitted today of the most serious charge he was faced with, possibly escaping a life sentence. Nonetheless, he has still been found guilty of five espionage counts.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced her findings after nearly two months of testimony and evidence in his military court-martial. Manning still could face a lengthy prison sentence after earlier pleading guilty to 10 lesser charges of mishandling classified data.

We’ll update this post as more information emerges from the scene at Fort Meade, Md.

Update: Sentencing for Manning will begin tomorrow morning, during which he will possibly be handed more than 100 years in prison for the guilty charges mentioned above, and five counts of theft and several military infractions.

Photos: Saul Loeb, Alex Wong / AFP/Getty Images, Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

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