But not the main charge of "aiding the enemy"....unbelievable?!? Thankfully he'll still most likely get life behind bars:
Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier implicated in the largest release of documents relating to national security in the history of the country, was found not guilty of the charge of aiding the enemy in a military court on Tuesday. He has, however, been found guilty on 15 counts of releasing classified documents.RELATED: Bradley Manning: Poster Boy For ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
The 25-year-old army private was accused of aiding the enemy by helping Julian Assange’s government transparency advocacy group Wikileaks obtain classified documents relating to American national security starting in late 2009. Manning had insisted, however, that he did not begin facilitating leaks until February, 2010.
A CBS News report reveals that Manning could face a life sentence for his role in the release of classified documents. He was convicted of five counts relating to espionage, and had already admitted to his guilt in 10 charges in connection with the release of those documents.
Manning stands accused of federal espionage, theft, and computer fraud for his role in releasing roughly 700,000 battlefield reports, diplomatic cables, and pieces of video footage to the controversial organization, which subsequently published much of the material on its website. The unauthorized disclosure represented the largest leak of classified material in American History.Manning asked for a military judge instead of a jury to hear his case. The military prosecutor in this case sought to prove that Manning was aware that the documents he released would benefit America’s enemies, specifically Al Qaeda.