Judge: Verdict For Bradley Manning Coming Tomorrow

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, has announced that she plans to announce her verdict at 1 PM Eastern on Tuesday. Manning, who has been on trial since June 3, faces the potential charge of "aiding the enemy" among others, the penalty for which is life in prison without parole. Manning faces 21 counts in all for his release of over 700,000 to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. He has already plead guilty to 10 of those counts, all of which could potentially carry the collective penalty of 20 years in prison. According to the Huffington Post:

"He also is charged with eight federal Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts, and two federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, each punishable by up to 10 years; and five military counts of violating a lawful general regulation, punishable by up to two years each."

A sentencing hearing has also been tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday. 

With various "whistleblowers" making headlines throughout recent months, Bradley Manning's soon-to-be verdict will no doubt revive much of the extensive debate that erupted when his story first broke in May of 2010. Closing arguments from both sides reflected the nature of the debate surrounding Manning, with the defense painting him as a "naive whistleblower" and the prosecution characterizing him as "an anarchist hacker and traitor". 

Manning was also the subject of controversy earlier this year, when it was first revealed that he had been appointed grand marshall of the San Francisco Pride Parade. SF Pride subsequently changed their minds, prompting extensive debate.


  1. simon82 says

    This traitor deserves the time he gets. He did absolutely NOTHING other than make our country less secure and make the jobs of foreign service personnel that much harder. He and Snowden can rot in the same prison cell together for all I care.

  2. John says


    99.99% of what he leaked were diplomatic cables, which had nothing to do with any alleged wrongdoing or with any war. He didn’t even know what it was he was leaking because he didn’t read the material. This isn’t a whistleblower, this is a warped individual who attacked diplomacy itself. Diplomacy is a means of peaceful resolution of international disputes and is the best alternative to war. By attacking diplomacy, Manning promoted war.

  3. Mark says

    Agree with both of the comments above. That anyone views Manning as a hero, or in any way commendable, is shocking.

  4. Dana says

    Manning is not gay. She identifies as transgender. Because Manning has been misidentified as gay, her reckless misconduct could have prevented the repeal of DADT. Thank God it didn’t.

    But her case is one more reason why LGBs should be very wary of hitching our wagon to a group of folks who are disproportionately involved with the criminal justice system and who suffer from widespread psychological and emotional disorders.

  5. mike/ says

    isn’t it sort of strange that the judge says she will deliver the verdict tomorrow and at the same time schedules the sentencing for the next day? like, is this telegraphing her ruling? how fair is that not to mention really weird?

  6. Bill Perdue says

    I hate transpeople because they have balls and I don’t. And I mean that both literally and figuratively.

  7. Seth says

    Agree with the comments above. I support Snowden, but Manning is completely different. Hope the sentence is a long one.

    Mike, I believe that the judge said that because Manning has already pled guilty to some of the less serious charges, so there will be sentencing on those no matter what happens on the contested charges.

  8. says

    Of course he plead guilty- after he was tortured for months and months- kept naked in a cell with the light on 24-hours-a-day, no blanket, nothing to do, no books, etc.

    How strange that our country has become the country I was warned about when I was a child.

  9. Randy says

    Bradley is a hero. They should treat him as such. In a few years, he’ll be in Congress.

  10. Bill says

    @FernLaPlante: it’s not the end of the story given that they are apparently changing the charges after the fact. It’s not about Manning specifically – it is a question of one’s right to a fair trial. How on earth to you defend yourself if they decide after the defense finished presenting its case that they were really trying you for something else?

    Also, as a general comment for others, let’s cut back on the overblown rhetoric. Manning broke one or more laws, but it is a stretch to call him a traitor, which has a very specific meaning. For example, according to http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Verdict-in-WikiLeaks-case-likely-Tuesday-4694418.php “Prosecutors called him an anarchist hacker and traitor who indiscriminately leaked classified information he had sworn to protect, knowing it would be seen by al Qaeda.” Of course there was no “hacking” involved – all he did was to download files he had access to. There’s no evidence that he wanted to help al Qaeda, although one might suspect that given the shear volume of the documents he released, he could hardly have checked each one, which suggests gross negligence. Meanwhile, nobody is blaming the real culprit – security software so hard to use that they apparently turned most of it off so they could actually get their work done. If those access control mechanisms were not disabled, Manning would have only been able to release a tiny fraction of what he did.