-- Manning the army private who made global headlines when he gave thousands of top secret documents to WikiLeaks. This was Manning then three years ago and there he was today leaving court after... See More
-- Manning the army private who made global headlines when he gave thousands of top secret documents to WikiLeaks. This was Manning then three years ago and there he was today leaving court after learning his -- Guilty on several espionage charges not guilty of aiding America's enemies the most serious charge. Here's ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. It was the charge that could have put -- 25 year old away for life without parole. The charge that would label him a traitor. Who knowingly aided al-Qaeda. But today while Manning student attention in the courtroom. The judge declared him not guilty of that most serious charge on the biggest charged in the case. The government ends up leaving the courtroom with its tail between it's legs prosecutors had presented evidence that battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. That Manning gave to WikiLeaks were found on Osama bin Laden's computer after the raid on his compound. But that wasn't enough to prove he aided the enemy Manning was convicted of twenty of the 22 major charges against him including espionage theft and computer fraud. The young private a high school graduate unable to hold the job joined the army in 2007. Only to be made. An intelligence analyst with a top secret clearance. He was in Baghdad when he downloaded 700000. Classified documents and videos that shocked the world. Manning saying he had wanted to show the true cost of war he did so with this video where US soldiers mistake it cameraman for the enemy. It's. The chief I second. And fire on a band with two little children in sign. Former director of the CIA Michael Hayden says Manning greatly harm national security this is the most significant leak of classified information. In the history of the republic -- -- put real people at real risk. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today called Manning a hero as he is -- of the NSA weaker -- Snowden. The sentencing phase starts tomorrow for Manning and while it is doubtful he will be sentenced to the 136. Years the charges call for. It is likely he will spend a big chunk of his life in jail George. Long time to -- what does this mean for Edwards and the NSA leak apparently still in Moscow -- at that Moscow airport. Reading crime and punishment. He is and I'm sure Edwards nuns watching carefully but I don't see how they get him back to the United States to face those charges. And -- they make some kind of deal with him George and no one seems in the mood to make any deals right now and does not have American Martha thanks very much.
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