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Manning Acquitted of Aiding Enemy, Convicted of Espionage

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FORT MEADE, Md.  - A military judge has acquitted U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks. 

The charge was the most serious of 21 counts against Manning, and carried a possible life sentence without parole. 

The judge did convict Manning of five counts of espionage, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.

Manning's sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Crescent, Okla., native acknowledged giving the anti-secrecy website hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and videos in early 2010.

Manning said he didn't believe the information would harm troops in Afghanistan and Iraq or threaten national security.

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