Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

The Army intelligence analyst was convicted in July of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents and cables to WikiLeaks

Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst found guilty of espionage and other charges in leaking information to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years behind bars, The New York Times reports.

Military judge Col. Denise Lind handed down the sentence at Fort Meade. Manning will be credited with 1,294 days in time served, his rank is reduced to private and he will be dishonorably discharged, according to The Baltimore SunManning will be eligible for parole after one-third of his sentence has been served.

Lind only read the sentence, and had no statement at the sentencing, according to the Sun report.

The sentence is far less than the 60 years prosecutors asked for, ABC News reports. Manning could have been sentenced to 90 years. Manning's defense, however, said Manning struggled with gender identity disorder and a difficult childhood, ABC News reports. Politico reports the defense suggested no more than a 25-year sentence.

In January, Manning's possible sentence was reduced by 112 days due to harsh treatment he received in military detention, The Guardian reported at the time.

Manning admits sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents and State Department cables to WikiLeaks. The group worked with media organizations, including The New York Times, The Guardian and the German Der Spiegel, which published stories based on the leaked documents.

Manning has garnered considerable support among activists who say he played an important role in uncovering details about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Last week, Manning apologized for his actions in an unsworn statement during his sentencing hearing and said he understood he must face consequences.

"I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that it hurt the United States," he said.

In the July verdict, Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge against him, which could have carried a life sentence.
Dr. Dave August 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM
I guess it does pay to be a spy. Manning will only be 60 when he gets out of prison, and many of the Soldiers and Marines whose lives he put at risk will still be alive (those who weren't killed because of them). Unfortunately, the local Afghan assets who were killed because of his leaks won't be alive. Julian Assange might still be alive, and maybe even Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, and they can all get together and have a big party in Venezuela or Ecuador or Russia - wherever they all wind up, to celebrate how they conspired to spy on the United States Great Britain and got away with it. If they're all still alive. I don't think Manning will last very long in the U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth (where he'll wind up after a short stay at the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth). I don't think Snowden will last long in Russia or if Russia kicks him out after his year is up, and Assange isn't going to last long on the run, either, after a government change or two. Greenwald, who knows, but the UK government is already starting to make his life hell. So we'll see.
Roger August 22, 2013 at 06:55 AM
I now think you neocons are a greater threat to our troops and national security.
Lablover August 22, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Dr. Dave, I heard Manning could be out in 7 years.
Dr. Dave August 22, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Lablover, yes, with time served and good behavior, about 7-8 years. Isn't that something! Roger, I was one of those troops for almost 22 years, then spent another 18 years working in national security. I'm not a neocon, either, I'm a Libertarian. What are you? One of those progressives who thinks Manning was a hero and should have been let off without even being tried for being a whistleblower? You're the biggest threat to our liberty and freedom, which is much more worrisome than any threat to our troops or national security posed by me, I'm positive of that!
Roger August 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM
22 and 18? Gaming the system Mr. Libertarian? This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. I defend your right to speak and am not afraid to call you out for supporting torture authorized in our name by war criminals. What Mr. Manning did does not concern me and he must stand to account for his actions. You sure don't sound like a Libertarian. I think you are a closet neocon who hasn't stepped up to using gobs of capital letters and exclamation points.
Dr. Dave August 22, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Gaming the system? I guess you don't understand how this became or stays the land of the free, because it's the home of the brave. Not because it's the land of the far-leftist like you who believes anyone who doesn't share all your beliefs must believe interrogation of war criminals is torture and that Americans defending your rights to spew nonsense are the real war criminals. Did you ever serve in the military? Did you ever do anything to preserve the freedom or liberty or rights granted in our Constitution that you enjoy every day? Or do you just like to enjoy them and talk about them? You also wouldn't recognize a Libertarian if you saw one because you don't understand the concept of Liberty. You believe everyone should be in the shackles of your leftist dreams of government control over everyone's thoughts, beliefs, and actions. No thanks Mr.Lenin, or is it Mr. Obama? Seen that before and it doesn't work for me, or for anyone but the government leaders. I don't need your help defining who I am or helping me figure out right from wrong. I've got that all okay on my own, Roger. You need to go to the corner for a long timeout to think about your own views now before you hurt yourself or someone else.
Roger August 22, 2013 at 03:02 PM
If you're a doctor I'm an astronaut. Dr. Waterboard. A hypocrite ignorant of the Hippocratic oath. And the teachings of Christ.
Dr. Dave August 22, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Dundalk Donnie: Do a little research before you post something wrong. Regular federal prisoners sentenced to more than one year and less than life can earn 54 days off their sentence for every year of good behavior, as long as they are working toward their HS diploma if they don't have one; 42 days per year of good behavior if they aren't working toward the diploma. That's in 18 USCS § 3624(b). That's a federal law. Military prisoners can earn 120 days of good time off their sentences for every year of good behavior. That's 1/3 off their sentence. Here's a story about Bradley Manning in the Army Times discussing it, but just about every newspaper article about his sentencing mentions it. The idiots at Abu Ghraib should have been punished more severely, I agree. But they didn't sell out their country - they just did something very stupid and inhumane to the prisoners under their care and custody. How did they serve less time than their sentences if there is no time off for good behavior? Manning violated his oath and sold out his country. He should be facing a firing squad, so he's lucky to only be looking at a few years in prison.
Dr. Dave August 22, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Wow, Roger! You figured me out very quickly. I went from a neocon torturer to a waterboarding physician who doesn't believe in Christ. You are just so wrong you don't have a clue. I didn't see you disagreeing with my description of you, though, so I must have captured you pretty well.


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