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Bradley Manning Convicted of Theft, Espionage for Giving Secrets to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning, the man who was accused of one of the most substantial and important leaks of private U.S. information in American history, learned his fate on Tuesday.

The full details are below, but contrary to the image one gets when they hear the word 'acquitted,' things didn't particularly well for Manning.

He will be sentenced on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET.

BREAKING: US Army Pfc Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving secrets to WikiLeaks.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2013

BREAKING: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning convicted of 5 espionage counts in WikiLeaks case.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2013

NEW DETAILS: Pfc. Bradley Manning found guilty of 19 counts, 4 of which were his lesser included pleas - @nathanlfuller

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) July 30, 2013

NEW DETAILS: Bradley Manning's sentence could amount to 154 years in prison, per NBC's Jim Miklaszewski on @msnbc - @JesseRodriguez

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) July 30, 2013

Manning stood accused of handing over more than 750,000 pages of classified materials to WikiLeaks. The paperwork and videos involved detailed various strategic plans relating to the Afghanistan War and provided everyone with a general layout of how the U.S. State Department operates.

While Manning has stood by his decision, insisting that “if the public was aware of the data, it would start a public debate of the wars," he has consistently maintained that he did not think there was anything in the documentation he leaked that could damage the United States.

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