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Verdict Expected in Manning WikiLeaks Trial

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

Oklahoma native Bradley Manning is facing 21 criminal charges, including espionage and computer fraud, in connection with his release of over 700,000 documents, including secret diplomatic cables and classified military reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the anti-secrecy website.

Manning has already pleaded guilty to several lesser charges, which could bring him at least 20 years in prison. But he faces a possible life sentence if he is convicted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Military prosecutors described the former intelligence analyst as a "traitor" and say he should have known the documents he leaked could have gotten into the hands of the al-Qaida terrorist group.

Manning's attorney says the 25-year-old is no traitor but a "young, naive and good-intentioned" citizen who wanted to encourage public debate about U.S. foreign policy.

Among the information released by Manning is video footage of a deadly U.S. military helicopter attack on a Baghdad neighborhood in 2007.

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