After a three-year legal battle and months-long trial, former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was found not guilty on the most serious charge he faced — aiding the enemy.

Col. Denise Lind, however, found him guilty of five other counts for violating the Espionage Act and five counts of theft.

The judge rejected the government’s argument that Manning, simply by the nature of his training as an Army intelligence officer, had to assume that the information he leaked would likely reach Al Qaeda operatives. But she ruled that Manning did have reason to believe that the leaks would harm the U.S., even if that was not his intention.

The acquittal on the aiding the enemy charge is being viewed by many as a victory.

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    Wow.
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    Unfortunately, he still faces up to ~130 years in prison on what he was found guilty of. We’ll see how much of a victory...
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    Sentencing begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 am.
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    Aiding the Enemy charge was the big one, and he dodged a scary one with that. But violating the Espionage Act,...
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