FORT MEADE, Md. -- The website that served as Pfc. Bradley Manning's conduit for spilled U.S. secrets is describing his espionage convictions as dangerous national security extremism from the Obama administration.
That was the immediate response from WikiLeaks on Twitter after Manning was found convicted Tuesday on six espionage counts and other offenses but cleared of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy.
Others who considered Manning wrongly charged had a measured response.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist, commentator and former civil rights lawyer who first reported Edward Snowden's disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs, said Manning's acquittal on the charge of aiding the enemy represented a tiny sliver of justice.
U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks.
The military judge hearing the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced the verdict Tuesday. The charge was the most serious of 21 counts. It carried a possible life sentence without parole.
Manning was convicted of six espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions.
Manning's sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Crescent, Okla., native acknowledged giving the anti-secrecy website hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and videos in early 2010.
Manning said he didn't believe the information would harm troops in Afghanistan and Iraq or threaten national security.