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Judge Colonel Denise Lind used harsh words during Friday’s brief court martial hearing to describe Bradley Manning’s conduct.
"Manning's conduct was of a heedless nature that made it actually and imminently dangerous to others. His conduct was both wanton and reckless," Judge Lind wrote in her findings issued after prosecutors finished their arguments on Friday, Reuters reports.
Manning was convicted on 20 counts, including charges of espionage and theft, for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks. He has not been sentenced yet.
"I understood what I was doing was wrong but I didn't appreciate the broader effects of my actions," Manning said during his sentencing hearing at Maryland's Fort Meade, CNN reports. "I only wanted to help people, not hurt people."
Brian Manning, Bradley’s father, told Anderson Cooper, in an interview, he does not understand how his son could "logistically" have done what he has been convicted of doing.
Attorneys will make their final arguments Monday for their sentencing recommendations. Judge Lind is expected to sentence Manning sometime next week. The 25-year-old could receive a prison sentence of up to 90 years, Reuters reports.
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