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The US tribunal is to announce a verdict on the case of alleged Wikileaks informer Bradley Manning on Tuesday, according to the BBC reports.
It is expected that judge Denis Lind will announce the verdict at 13:00 local time (21:00 Moscow time or 17:00 GMT).
Earlier, the lawyers of the US army private demanded that the Tribunal exculpate Manning of some charges. However, the US Tribunal refused, in particular, to take off the accusation in helping the enemy from the alleged Wikileaks informer.
In case the Tribunal found the private guilty of charges under that paragraph, Manning may face punishment in the form of life imprisonment.
Manning was arrested in May, 2010, after WikiLeaks had published a secret video of American military helicopter Apache’sattack in Iraq in 2007, which killed two journalists. He is accused on 22 charges, in particular, "the online publication of intelligence data belonging to the government of the USA".
During the court hearings, Manning refused to plead guilty of the most serious charges, in particular, of "assistance to the enemy."
However, he agreed with 10 items of the indictment related to illegal possession of some classified material and handing them to a person not possessing a permission of access to them.
Manning verdict to show what awaits Snowden in US - lawmaker
The sentence a US court will pass upon Wikileaks informant Private Bradley Manning will show what fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden would get should he return to his country, a senior Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov said.
US media on Monday cited military officials as saying that the judge who would decide the fate of Manning, accused in a large-scale leak of classified information related to warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq a few years ago, has reached a verdict and it would be announced Tuesday.
“When the sentence is passed upon Manning for handing files to the Wikileaks website, it would be clear what would await Snowden if he returned to the United States,” Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian lower house’s international committee, said on Twitter on Monday.
Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking classified data about the US National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, formally requested temporary asylum in Russia on July 16. Washington has repeatedly called on Moscow to reject Snowden’s request for asylum and send him back to the United States to stand trial on charges of espionage and theft.
Judge to announce Bradley Manning verdict on Tuesday
The military judge will announce her verdict on the case of US soldier Bradley Manning over his massive transfer of secret files to WikiLeaks on Tuesday.
Col. Denise Lind, the presiding judge in the court-martial of the United States v. Pfc Manning, said Monday morning that the long-awaited verdict will be delivered on July, 30 afternoon from the military courthouse at the Ft. Meade Army Base outside of Baltimore.
Colonel Denise Lind has closed the court After hearing the final statements at Fort Meade on Friday last week.
She is tasked with solely deciding if the 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst is guilty of espionage, aiding the enemy and nearly 20 other counts that could come with a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Manning was a US army private serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when he sent antisecrecy activist Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website a massive trove of diplomatic cables and classified military reports from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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