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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.
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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