Bradley Manning Guilty of Taking Secrets, Not Guilty of “Aiding the Enemy”
According the AP and several reporters inside the court room, Bradley Manning has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.
Col. Denise Lind found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.
Manning, however, was found guilty of other serious offenses including five charges of espionage.
Manning, of course, was the Army soldier who gave Wikileaks a treasure trove of classified American information, which it then released to the world in a series of scoops about America’s conduct in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as in its diplomatic relations abroad. It’s hard to dispute the idea that he didn’t take the secrets, but journalists are mighty glad at the moment to discover that “giving information to reporters and news organizations” doesn’t equate, for now, to “aiding the enemy.”