FORT MEADE, MD - JULY 25: U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (2nd L) is escorted by military police as he leaves after the first day of closing arguments in his military trial July 25, 2013 Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Manning, who is charged with aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.
By Chris Cordt and with help from the Associated Press
FORT MEADE, Md. —
Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who spilled U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks, has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving secrets to WikiLeaks.
Aiding the enemy was the most serious charge Manning faced. Manning was convicted of 5 espionage counts in WikiLeaks case.
A military judge announced her verdicts in the soldier's court-martial just after noon Central time.
Manning faced a possible life sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website.
The 25-year-old soldier faced nearly two dozen other charges, including espionage, computer fraud and theft. He has acknowledged sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
In closing arguments last week, the defense portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who wanted to expose war crimes. Prosecutors called him an anarchist hacker and a traitor.