Bradley Manning Verdict: Not Guilty Of Aiding The Enemy

By Emma Koch

Credit: Mike Levine - ABC News

About 25 protesters, who believe Manning is a whistle blower, assemble outside Ft. Meade, some carrying signs calling for the private's release.

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM EDT

Tuesday, a military judge decided the fate of Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private accused of spilling thousands of secret documents and classified videos to the website WikiLeaks.

Manning, 25, faced a possible life sentence for aiding the enemy. He faced an additional 20 counts of espionage, computer fraud and theft.

The verdict, not guilty of aiding the enemy but guilty of five counts of espionage, in the court-martial came down shortly after 1 p.m. at Ft. Meade, near Baltimore.

Manning waived his right to trial by jury. The case was heard by judge Col. Denise Lind.

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