TODAY   |  July 30, 2013

Verdict expected today in Bradley Manning trial

Three years after being taken into custody, Bradley Manning, the Army private who sent troves of government secrets to WikiLeaks, is expected to learn his fate today. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>>> it's judgment day for the army private that sent secret documents to wikileaks.

>> a verdict is expected today in the trial of bradley manning, the army pilot accused in the largest leak of classified information in u.s. history . jim is at the pentagon with the latest. jim , good morning.

>> good morning natalie. it's been three years now since bradley manning was taken into custody and today he'll learn his fate. he is accused of leaking more than 700,000 secret documents to the wikileaks website while he was an intel analyst in baghdad. the defense argues that manning is a whistleblower. that he leaks the secrets in order to uncover abuses by the u.s. military in the war on iraq. but the prosecution contends that manning is nothing but a hacker. that he's not a whistleblower but a traitor. the most serious charges against him are aiding the enemy and espionage because many of them ended in the hands of bin laden . if convicted on either of the most serious charges the 25-year-old manning could spend the rest of his life in a military prison .

>>> jim , at the pentagon, thank