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08/20/2013 10:14 am ET

Bradley Manning Judge Deliberating Sentence For Leaking Classified Information

AP

By DAVID DISHNEAU AND PAULINE JELINEK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT MEADE, Md. — A judge is deliberating Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's sentence for disclosing reams of classified information through WikiLeaks.

Col. Denise Lind began her deliberations Tuesday in the court-martial near Baltimore. She says she'll announce the sentence as early as Wednesday morning.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables in 2010 while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. He also leaked video of an U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad in which at least nine people were killed.

Prosecutors have asked for at least a 60-year prison term; the defense has suggested no more than 25 years.

Manning was convicted of 20 offenses, including six Espionage Act violations, five theft counts and computer fraud.

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