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Manning guilty on theft counts, not guilty of aiding enemy

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(RNN) - A judge revealed Tuesday that Pfc. Bradley Manning was found not guilty of "aiding the enemy," a charge resulting from accusations he leaked large amounts of classified information.

However, he was found guilty of five theft counts, six espionage counts and computer fraud relating to the data turnover to the website WikiLeaks. He pleaded guilty to some of those charges earlier this year.

Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge in Manning's case, released her decision in a Fort Meade, MD, courtroom.

Manning faced a total of 21 charges and would have served life in prison without the possibility of parole had he been found guilty of aiding the enemy. Prosecutors chose not to pursue corporal punishment.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Manning, a former intelligence analyst and Oklahoma native, has been in custody for three years after he was charged with turning over about 700,000 pages of government documents. WikiLeaks administrators have not confirmed if Manning was the source of the information.

Manning never denied turning over the information - which included video footage of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed Baghdad civilians in 2007, war reports and several thousand diplomatic cables.

Defense lawyers argued that he naively gave the material to WikiLeaks, which caused an international stir after publishing them in 2010.

Prosecution claimed Manning proudly boasted about his work and closely tracked the fallout after the information became public.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Manning a hero an interview with CNN. Assange, who began a heated debate about whistle blowing vs. turning traitor when he launched the website, is suspected of collaborating with Manning.

As many as 15 other Army officers were implicated in the case for failure to properly handle Manning's mental health and behavior problems, according to court documents.

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