The court case against Bradley Manning hasn’t been a good one for the defense. After all, he has already admitted guilt to multiple charges against him; what remained for the court to decide was his ultimate fate for the charge of aiding the enemy, among many others. The verdict is in for Bradley Manning, and for most of the cases, it’s guilty. The man who turned Wikileaks into a Nobel-nominated household name and kicked off a whole slew of leaks-based websites is going to jail.
All in all, Manning was found guilty of 17 of 22 charges as filed during the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, plus amended versions of 4 other charges. Staggeringly, Manning faces 136 years in jail if given the maximum sentence for all charges. However, the charge of aiding the enemy yielded a verdict of not guilty, sparing Manning a potential life sentence. Still, this sends a clear message to any potential whistle-blowers out there: the Obama administration is coming to strike you down.
Said the Manning family: “While we are obviously disappointed in today’s verdicts, we are happy that Judge Lind agreed with us that Brad never intended to help America’s enemies in any way. Brad loves his country and was proud to wear its uniform.”
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