Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial reached its conclusion just moments ago, with a military judge handing down a sentence of 35 years in jail for his role in leaking a multitude of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks.
Hailed by supporters as a heroic whistleblower, and dismissed as a national security threat by critics, Manning apologized last week for any harm that may have arisen from his actions.
Manning faced a maximum of 90 years in prison, though prosecutors sought a 60-year sentence. He has also built up more than three years in credit toward his sentence. With parole, he could be out in as soon as ten years.
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Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy, guilty of multiple lesser charges
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave more than 700,000 classified documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was acquitted today of the most serious charge he was faced with, possibly escaping a life sentence. Nonetheless, he has still been found guilty of five espionage counts.
The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, announced her findings after nearly two months of testimony and evidence in his military court-martial. Manning still could face a lengthy prison sentence after earlier pleading guilty to 10 lesser charges of mishandling classified data.
We’ll update this post as more information emerges from the scene at Fort Meade, Md.
Update: Sentencing for Manning will begin tomorrow morning, during which he will possibly be handed more than 100 years in prison for the guilty charges mentioned above, and five counts of theft and several military infractions.
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In January 2010, he started selecting information he believed the public should see and should hear, and that that would make the world a better place.
He believed if everyone knew it, it could not be used by the enemy. He started to believe this information should be made public. Americans should know what is happening on a day-to-day basis.
Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 charges
Admitting that he illegally acquired and transferred U.S. government secrets, Manning agreed to serve 20 years in prison for leaking numerous classified materials to Wikileaks pertaining to U.S. military and diplomatic activities.
Nonetheless, should manning be found guilty of 12 additional, more serious charges at trial, he could still face life imprisonment.
Manning, arrested in 2010, has already spent 1,007 days in jail, under conditions that many have criticized as inhumane.
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