As it happened: Bradley Manning Wikileaks verdict

Key points

  • A US military court finds Pte Bradley Manning guilty of 20 charges, but acquits him of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy
  • Judge Col Denise Lind announced the verdict at Fort Meade, Maryland, after three days of deliberation and a seven-week court martial
  • Pte Manning admitted sharing reams of classified US government documents with anti-secrecy organisation Wikileaks
  • He faces up to 136 years in prison, after a sentencing hearing on Wednesday morning
  • All times BST (GMT+1; Eastern Time + 5)

Live text

Reporting:

  • Nina Lamparski 
  • Daniel Nasaw 

Last updated 30 July 2013

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the verdict in the court martial of Pte First Class Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking more than 700,000 secret government documents and diplomatic cables to the Wikileaks website. The 25-year-old has admitted the leaks but denies the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy". He has already pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges out of 22 total, and faces life imprisonment.

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Military prosecutors say Pte Manning's leaks have threatened valuable military and diplomatic sources. But supporters consider him a hero who exposed war crimes.

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The court martial in Fort Meade, Maryland, opened in early June. Judge Col Denise Lind is due to deliver her ruling at 13:00 local time (18:00 BST).

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Need a reminder of what happened? The case against Pte Manning is explained in our 80-second video

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Pte Manning, an intelligence analyst, was arrested in Iraq in May 2010. He spent weeks in a cell at Camp Arifjan, a US Army installation in Kuwait, before being transferred to the US.

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The most serious charge Pte Manning faces is that of aiding America's enemies. The prosecution argues the analyst was trained in the handling of classified information and knew all too well that putting a huge cache of documents on the web made them available to al-Qaeda militants.

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But the defence has rejected this, arguing that if Pte Manning had wanted to help America's enemies, he would have sold the data directly to them rather than share it with Wikileaks.

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Naive whistleblower or calculated traitor? The court has been presented with two very different accounts of Bradley Manning, says the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan. Watch her report on the case.

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Earlier this year, Pte Manning justified his actions, saying: "I believe that if the general public had access to the information, this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general. I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience."