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USA: Bradley Manning found guilty and facing a possible maximum sentence of 90 years in military jail

Bradley Manning was found guilty on 30 June 2013, of 17 of the 21 charges leveled against him. The soldier was found not guilty of the most serious crime, aiding the enemy, Al Qaida, however he still faces a possible maximum sentence of 90 years in military jail. The sentencing phase began on 31 July 2013 and was expected to last a week. The trial was initially expected to last three months, however it now appears it will not last as long. During the sentencing phase, the defence will present evidence which had hitherto the verdict been excluded during proceedings. Such evidence includes Manning’s motive for leaking the information and his state of mind at the time. Background Who is Bradley Manning? Manning was born on 17 December 1987 in Oklahoma – the son of an American veteran Na...