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Manning found not guilty of giving aid to enemy

Leaker convicted of espionage breaches

FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge found Private First Class Bradley Manning not guilty Tuesday of “aiding the enemy” for his release of hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks for publication on the Internet, rejecting the government’s unprecedented effort to bring such a charge in a leak case.

But the judge in the court-martial, Colonel Denise R. Lind, convicted Manning of six counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and most of the other charges he faced. He could be sentenced to a maximum of 136 years in prison, although legal experts said the term was likely to be much shorter.

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