A military judge is set to issue a verdict in the court martial of the US soldier who disclosed reams of secret documents to the Wikileaks website.
Pte Bradley Manning, 25, will hear Judge Col Denise Lind’s ruling at 13:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday, reports the BBC.
Pte Manning has acknowledged leaking the documents but denies the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy”.
He has already pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges out of 22 total, and faces life in prison if convicted.
Pte Manning, an intelligence analyst, was arrested in Iraq in May 2010. He spent weeks in a cell at Camp Arifjan, a US Army installation in Kuwait, before being transferred to the US.
He was charged with 22 counts including aiding the enemy, unauthorised possession of intelligence material, theft, and violations of computer regulations.
The court martial in Fort Meade, Maryland, opened in early June.
During the trial, prosecutor Maj Ashden Fein argued Pte Manning systematically harvested hundreds of thousands of classified documents to offer them to anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks.
He argued that with his training as an intelligence analyst, Pte Manning should have known the leaked documents would become available to al-Qaeda operatives.
The prosecution has argued the leaks harmed US national security and endangered American lives and those of foreign intelligence and diplomatic sources, and Maj Fein has said some of the documents eventually made their way to Osama Bin Laden.

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