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WikiLeaks on Manning verdict: 'Extremism'

The website that served as Pfc. Bradley Manning

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen))

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The website that served as Pfc. Bradley Manning's conduit for spilled U.S. secrets is describing his espionage convictions as "dangerous national security extremism from the Obama administration."

That was the immediate response from WikiLeaks on Twitter after Manning was found convicted Tuesday on five espionage counts and other offenses but cleared of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy. Others who considered Manning wrongly charged had a measured response.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist, commentator and former civil rights lawyer who first reported Edward Snowden's disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs, said Manning's acquittal on the charge of aiding the enemy represented a "tiny sliver of justice."

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