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Verdict Imminent In Manning Court-Martial


U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning (center) is escorted from a court-martial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland earlier this week.

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning (center) is escorted from a court-martial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland earlier this week.

A military judge says she expects to announce a verdict in the court-martial of Army Private Bradley Manning on July 30.

Manning is charged with aiding the enemy for giving U.S. secrets to the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks.

Judge Denise Lind gave the notice of the imminent verdict on July 29, her third day of deliberations in Manning's trial at Fort Meade.

Manning, who is 25, faces a possible life sentence if convicted of the charge.

Manning also faces 20 other counts, including espionage, computer fraud and theft for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield footage to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

In closing arguments last week, the defense said Manning was a naive whistle-blower who wanted to expose war crimes. Prosecutors say he is an attention-seeking traitor.


Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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