WikiLeaks trial: Bradley Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy but could face long sentence over other charges
US soldier Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy after he leaked secret documents to Wikileaks.
But the 25-year-old was today found guilty of 19 lesser charges and could potentially face over 100 years in prison.
Manning was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.
Manning's sentencing hearing is set to begin tomorrow in Fort Meade, Maryland.
The Oklahoma soldier acknowledged giving the anti-secrecy website hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and videos in early 2010.
Manning said he didn't believe the information would harm troops in Afghanistan and Iraq or threaten national security.
Leaked video included footage of a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed at least nine men, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver.
Manning said he sent the material to expose war crimes and deceitful diplomacy. In closing arguments last week, defence lawyer David Coombs portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who never intended for the material to be seen by the enemy. Manning claims he selected material that would not harm troops or national security.
Prosecutors called him an anarchist hacker and traitor who indiscriminately leaked classified information he had sworn to protect. They said Osama bin Laden obtained copies of some of the documents WikiLeaks published before he was killed in 2011.
Belfast Telegraph Digital