A “free Bradley Manning” sign is seen during a demonstration outside the main gate of Ft. Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. Military Judge Col. Denise Lind, who is presiding in the case of United States vs. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, has reached a verdict and she is scheduled to read the verdict at 1 pm today. Manning could face a life sentence for charges of espionage, aiding the enemy and computer fraud, for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks. By Alex Wong/Getty Images. The verdict is in:
Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 of the less serious of the 22 charges in a deal that got him an expected 20 years in prison. Today a military judge announced the court’s finding on the rest of the charges, a majority of them guilty verdicts. However, Manning managed to avoid the charge of aiding the enemy, which could have carried with it a life sentence. The sentencing phase of Manning’s trial begins Wednesday.
The Guardian is live-blogging. Reax to come.