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Bradley Manning Judge Deliberating Sentence For Leaking Classified Information

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor said Monday, Aug. 19, Manning should spend 60 years in prison because he betrayed the U.S. by giving classified material to WikiLeaks. The soldier?s defense attorney didn't recommend a specific punishment, but suggested any prison term shouldn't exceed 25 years because the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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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