U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted here Tuesday on the charge of aiding the enemy by leaking of classified documents to WikiLeaks, but still faces up to 136 years in prison after convictions for other offenses.
The 25-year-old soldier earlier pleaded guilty to around half the charges filed by military prosecutors.
The judge who presided over Manning's court martial, Col. Denise Lind, read the verdict Tuesday afternoon at the Fort Meade Army post, north of Washington.
Lind scheduled the sentencing phase of the process to begin Wednesday morning.
Manning admitted having provided WikiLeaks with 700,000 battlefield reports and diplomatic cables as well as video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq.
None of the documents Manning gave WikiLeaks was classified Top Secret and much of the material was marked only "Confidential."
Though the video and military reports pertained to U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department cables offered a window into Washington's relations with a wide range of countries.
Manning was arrested in May 2010 while still serving in Iraq and spent more than three years in detention before his trial began last month.
Part of the soldier's detention was under solitary confinement conditions that a formal U.N. investigation deemed "cruel, inhuman and degrading."
Lind found Manning's pre-trial treatment sufficiently disturbing that she agreed to subtract 112 days from his eventual sentence.
Military prosecutors contended that Manning was guilty of aiding U.S. enemies because he knew al-Qaeda would be able to access the information disseminated by WikiLeaks.
The video that Manning gave WikiLeaks, "Collateral Murder," shows a U.S. helicopter crew in Iraq killing a Reuters photographer and several other civilians, including children. EFE