Bradley Manning convicted of 5 theft, espionage counts in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks, was convicted of five counts of both theft and espionage.

He was also convicted of a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.

Meanwhile, Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to the website.

The military judge hearing the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced the verdict Tuesday. The charge was the most serious of 21 counts. It carried a possible life sentence without parole.

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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