Twitter has mixed feelings over Manning verdict

July 30, 2013
FILE - In this Monday, July 29, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted Tuesday, July 30, 2013, of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced the verdict. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning shown July 29 outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Though U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning was found guilty on most of his lesser charges, he was found not guilty of the most serious offense: aiding the enemy. After spending three years in custody after his arrest for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, Manning, 25, received his verdict today in Fort Meade outside Baltimore.

Two dozen activists donned "truth" T-shirts and waved signs outside Fort Meade in support of Manning, according to the Associated Press. The exuberance is tenfold on Twitter, where WikiLeaks, the publisher of the leaked documents, has a strong following.

Not everybody was overjoyed at the verdict. Manning, who was found guilty of lesser espionage charges, could still face time in jail. To some, the confidential documents still pose a threat. To others, the threat is the attempt to keep them confidential.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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