Verdict in Bradley Manning trial to be announced Tuesday

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The verdict in the trial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning will be issued Tuesday at Fort Meade, Maryland, at 1 pm ET.  At Manning’s request, the decision rests with Judge Denise Lind, a U.S. Army Colonel.

The trial concluded Friday after eight weeks of aggressive prosecution that sought to convict Manning of “aiding the enemy” by allowing classified material to be published by WikiLeaks on the Internet.

A verdict that Private Manning “aided the enemy” would forever change the landscape for whistleblowers, journalists and the public’s right to know what crimes government officials are committing in their names, with public funds.