Pfc. Bradley Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy today in a military court. Manning was accused of the largest classified information leak in U.S. history, and had pleaded guilty earlier this year to releasing some information.
Manning, 25, was accused of leaking more than 750,000 pages of classified documents and numerous videos to WikiLeaks, which led to charges that he aided al-Qaida. The documents contained information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as information on the U.S. State Department.
Manning was found guilty on lesser charges today, including multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act, but will not face life in prison, as he would have if found guilty of aiding the enemy.
This case has been controversial from the start, with some calling Manning a hero whistleblower, and some calling him a traitor. He spent three years in custody after the 2010 leaks.
The leaks helped make WikiLeaks and Julian Assange into international sensations.
Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy
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