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TODAY   |  July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning awaits sentencing

The former Army private faces 136 years in prison after being convicted of espionage, leaking classified information, and other charges. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> manning faces up to 136 years in prison for leaking dpovgovernment secrets to the website wikileaks but he was found not guilty on the charge of aiding the enemy. jim joins us this morning.

>> reporter: the sentencing hearings begin today in the same military court that found bradley manning guilty on 20 counts of espionage and flauraud. 700,000 secrets handed over to the wikileaks website. the judge did find bradley not guilty, the most serious charge of aiding the enemy which could have brought a life sentence . by bringing the charge it was clear that the government was out to throw the book at manning and put him away at life for a strong warning to any future potential leakers. manning still faces a maximum sentence of 136 years. while it's likely it will be far less than that. it's expected that the 25-year-old manning will spend most of the rest of his life in a military prison .