July 31st, 2013
11:07 AM ET

Manning Faces Sentencing for Giving Government Docs to Wikileaks

Private First Class Bradley Manning will soon find out the punishment for his crimes.

The former army intelligence analyst gave three quarters of a million pages of classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

Manning was found guilty of espionage and the sentencing phase of his court martial begins today.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years in jail, despite being acquitted of "aiding the enemy" charges.

"As the judge moves to the sentencing phase later today, one of the key questions for her will be how many years should Bradley Manning spend in jail based on the damage that he caused to national security,” CNN’s Barbara Starr. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

“The military accused him of putting lives in danger saying some of the material was found in Osama bin Laden’s compound. Manning said he just wanted the public to know what the government was doing."

Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says, “It was an incredibly misguided, wrong-headed attempt to get information out to the public,” but what Manning did wasn’t treason. (WATCH VIDEO)

Convicted on 20 counts including: Stealing classified information, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, and possession of classified videos, “he put both our government employees and people who cooperate with them in incredible danger,” Toobin says.

“The Obama Administration widely regarded as very liberal has been very tough on leaks and this is an example of that, but it’s not the only example.”

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