July 30 - Judgment day for U.S. soldier Bradley Manning as he awaits the verdict on whether he will face life in prison without parole in WikiLeaks case. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: U.S. soldier Bradley Manning could learn on Tuesday whether he will face life in prison without parole when a judge renders her verdict on charges that he aided the enemy when he released 700,000 classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
Army Private First Class Manning, 25, is accused of the biggest leak of classified information in United States history. The U.S. government has pushed for the maximum penalty for what it views as a serious breach of national security. But anti-secrecy activists have praised him for shining a light on shadowy U.S. operations abroad.
This month, Judge Colonel Denise Lind denied a request by Manning's attorneys to throw out the most serious of the 21 charges against him, aiding the enemy. She said that Manning's training as a low-level intelligence analyst would have taught him that publicly releasing secret information would pose a risk to U.S. national security.
Observers expect Manning, who in March pleaded guilty to lesser charges, will be convicted of at least some of the 21 counts.
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