Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old Army private accused of leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge against him. But he has been convicted of multiple other counts.
Manning has said that the leak was meant to expose what was happening in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the public. His supporters label him a whistleblower. But detractors call him a traitor.
What kind of impact would the Manning verdict has on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked classified information about the government's surveillance programs to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post? In 2011, the cyber-activist collective Anonymous launched an attack against the Department of Defense for holding Manning in prolonged solitary confinement. Should we expect similar retaliatory efforts from the group after the verdict?
Kim Zetter, senior reporter at Wired covering cybercrime, privacy, security and civil liberties. She is currently writing a book on the Stuxnet virus.
Brian Knappenberger, director of the documentary, “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists;” he is currently working on a documentary on political activist Aaron Swartz.