The judge presiding over the case of Army private first class Bradley Manning will deliver her verdict at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 30, bringing the court-martial trial of the United States v. Manning to an end after the Wikileaks leaker has already spent more than 1000 days behind bars. Manning will learn whether or not he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars for "aiding the enemy," a capital crime and the most severe of his 22 charges, when Army Colonel Denise Lind ultimately decides a fitting punishment for the 25-year-old former intelligence officer who confessed to leaking over 700,000 classified diplomatic cables, and other information, to Wikileaks in 2010. Lind has been deliberating the case since Friday.
Manning trial began at the beginning of June after the Army private spent years waiting behind bars, mostly in solitary confinement. Prosecutors worked to connect Manning's information dump all the way back to Osama Bin Laden in a complicated effort to prove that he did, in fact, aid the enemy when he leaked that information to Wikileaks. The colonel's decision will be an important moment for the Obama administration, and their ongoing war on leaks.