UPDATED: A verdict in the the case of United States of America v. Manning, Bradley E., PFC., at Fort Meade, Maryland, was delivered at 1 pm today by the presiding judge, Col. Denise Lind. The first to emerge was the big one: found not guilty of aiding the enemy. But convicted of multiple counts of violating espionage act. In all, convicted of nineteen charges, including those he pleaded guilty to some time ago.
Read the just-released transcript of the judge’s rulings. Note: Manning not guilty of transmitting "Garani air strike" video, not guilty of espionage for the "Collateral Murder" video.
Faces more than 100 years in prison if given max on some of them. Sentencing arguments start tomorrow, but with many witnesses called could go on for a couple of days. New York Times editorial just posted calls for just giving him a "moderate" sentence.
Witnesses say no outbursts in courtroom when verdict read. Manning, they say, had slight smile when cleared on aiding the enemy but basically stoic. No outbursts from supporters.
See live Democracy Now! feed above. I was on with Jeremy Scahill for twenty minutes after verdict announced. Watch and listen as he slams media coverage, then I join in. Then Kevin Gosztola arrived, co-author of my book on the Manning case. Manning supporters expressing profound relief at dismissal of aiding the enemy charge—but hitting conviction on so many others in an “over-charged” case. Listen to my appearance today on Warren Olney's national radio show, terrific 40-minute discussion with couple other key guests.
My piece last month listing some of the many valuable revelations that arrived via Manning leaks.