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Verdict Expected in Manning WikiLeaks Trial

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland, July 29, 2013, as military judge Col. Denise Lind begins her third day of deliberations in his court martial.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland, July 29, 2013, as military judge Col. Denise Lind begins her third day of deliberations in his court martial.

The judge presiding over the court-martial of an Army private charged with leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks says she will announce her verdict Tuesday.

Bradley Manning was serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq when he sent a vast cache of secret diplomatic cables and classified military reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the anti-secrecy website.

Manning has admitted leaking 700,000 documents, pleading guilty to 10 lesser charges, including espionage and computer fraud. He faces a possible life sentence.

But Manning has denied other charges, including the most serious one -- that he knowingly helped enemies of the United States, most notably Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

The defense attorney has argued that Manning is no traitor but a "young, naive and good-intentioned" citizen who wanted to encourage public debate about U.S. foreign policy.
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