Manning Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy, Convicted on Other Charges

Wed Jul 31, 2013 AT 9:17 AM EDT

A military judge Tuesday acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge the Army intelligence analyst faced for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables, Politico reports. But she convicted him of multiple counts of violating the Espionage Act, stealing government property and other charges that could result in a maximum sentence of 136 years, according to the New York Times. In delivering the mixed verdict, the judge, Col. Denise Lind, pulled back from the government’s effort to create a precedent that press freedom specialists had warned could have broad consequences for the future of investigative journalism about national security in the Internet era. CNN reports Wikileaks on Tuesday said the conviction of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning sets “a dangerous precedent and (is) an example of national security extremism.”

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