Manning To Learn Fate Tuesday Afternoon
It's judgment day for Bradley Manning, the former Fort Drum soldier who spilled U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks.A military judge is expected to announce her verdicts Tuesday afternoon in the soldier's court-martial, after nearly two months of testimony. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted of aiding the enemy for sending classified information to the anti-secrecy website. The 25-year-old soldier also faces 20 other counts, including espionage, computer fraud and theft. He has acknowledged sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and some battlefield video to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. In closing arguments last week, the defense portrayed Manning as a naive whistleblower who wanted to expose war crimes. Prosecutors called him an anarchist hacker and a traitor. Supporters are still hopeful about his fate, though it's likely he'll spend time in prison. Some protests have erupted, with many people angry about the U.S. government's surveillance programs.