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Verdict reached in WikiLeaks court-martial

FORT MEADE, Md. -- Pfc. Bradley Manning will learn this afternoon whether he will be convicted of aiding the enemy -- punishable by life in prison without parole -- for sending more than 700,000 government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, a military judge said yesterday.

Col. Denise Lind said on the third day of her deliberations that she will announce her verdict in the court-martial at 1 p.m.

The charge of aiding the enemy is the most serious of 21 counts Manning is contesting. He also is charged with eight federal Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts, and two federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, each punishable by up to 10 years; and five military counts of violating a lawful general regulation, punishable by up to two years each.

Lind has tentatively scheduled a sentencing hearing beginning Wednesday.

Manning, 25, is being tried by a judge alone, which was his choice.

The native of Crescent, Okla., has admitted to sending more than 470,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports, 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables, and battlefield video clips to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. WikiLeaks published most of the material online. -- AP

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