Bradley Manning, the source of one of WikiLeak’s largest disclosures of U.S. secrets, was found guilty of espionage, theft and fraud but not of aiding the enemy, which could have carried with it a life sentence. Despite that finding, Manning could still face 136 years in prison for the other convictions.
Background: Manning (now 25) was detained in Iraq for suspicion of having leaked the video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed several Iraqi civilians. He was subsequently charged in relation to the November 2010 leak of what may be the most extensive leak of classified information in U.S. history (nearly three-quarter million documents to WikiLeaks). He asserts the leak was intended to “spark a conversation about foreign policy” and show the “true cost of war”.