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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

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Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,00 classified documents to Wikileaks, the WaPo reports:

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. He faced up to 90 years in prison.

According to the military, Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

The government had asked Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, to sentence Manning to 60 years. “There is value in deterrence, your honor; this court must send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information,” said Capt. Joe Morrow, a military prosecutor. “National security crimes that undermine the entire system must be taken seriously.”

Manning will receive credit of 1,293 days for time served, including 112 for abusive treatment, adds the WaPo. UN torture investigators have called treatment of Manning while he was detained "cruel and inhumane".

Manning was found guilty last month of six counts of violating the Espionage Act, five counts of stealing government property and one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and found not guilty of the most serious charge, "aiding the enemy".

Manning was dishonorably discharged, said Lind.

The NYT adds:

Private Manning’s sentence will automatically be sent to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Before the next phase can begin, the entire court-martial proceedings must be turned into an official transcript, which both the defense and prosecution, as well as the judge, must approve; that process is expected to take considerable time. Pretrial hearings started in 2012, and the trial itself began in early June.

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  1. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. He knew what he is getting into. Some will think of him as a hero and others as traitor. Who is surprised?

    Posted by: Tonez | Aug 21, 2013 10:29:51 AM


  2. In most of the reporting they're stating that with time served and parole he could be out in as little as 10 years, assuming good behavior. At least he'd have a chance for some kind of life while he's still relatively young in that case.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 21, 2013 10:30:23 AM


  3. So many years.

    Basically exposing classified documents gets you more time served than a murder charge.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Aug 21, 2013 10:39:23 AM


  4. That sentence sounds fair. Under military guidelines he will have to serve 1/3 of the 35 year sentence before being eligible for parole. That means, with good behavior, he will be out at about 37-38 years of age. That will probably give him plenty of time to be the kind of adult that he says he wants to be.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 21, 2013 10:40:53 AM


  5. I wonder what concentration camp he'll be sent to? Let this be a lesson to everybody. If you see something....say NOTHING!!

    Posted by: Ryan Hartley | Aug 21, 2013 10:42:05 AM


  6. Not nearly long enough for his crimes.

    Posted by: Dale | Aug 21, 2013 10:43:53 AM


  7. Manning got a pretty good deal.

    Posted by: tom | Aug 21, 2013 10:45:51 AM


  8. Well he has already served 3 years and he has to serve 1/3 of the sentence before he is due for parole.

    So effectively he may be out in 9 years.

    Granted he should not be in jail at all as all he did was release information about US Army crimes.

    Whistleblowing is not now and never will be a crime.

    I hope he is released as early as possible.

    Our government is spying on us, and cannot be trusted. The more whistleblowers the bigger the pressure on our undemocratic government and arny to respect the law.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 21, 2013 10:47:06 AM


  9. i hope he finds a friendly cell mate to help him pass the time. 13 years is a very long time to be lonely at such a young age.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 21, 2013 10:53:22 AM


  10. Meanwhile Julian Assange sings the praises of Ron Paul -- who's about to address a convocation of anti-Semites.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 21, 2013 11:02:11 AM


  11. @ Lucrece and others

    Manning was in the armed forces when he did what he did

    The military code of conduct & governing laws are completely different from civilian laws....the military also explicitly does not follow the constitution to govern itself & rightly so. No military could function properly if based on civil and constitutional law

    there are some very archaic things in the military code of conduct like anti-adultry etc 9though an argument can be made that aldutry could compromise security information and functioning of the military)

    not saying what he did was right or wrong BUT the sentencing can not be judged by civilian law standards. he did it while serving in the armed forces

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 21, 2013 11:14:40 AM


  12. Ps

    yeah david ehrnstein

    assage also is supposedly supporting australian white supremacist political party

    crazyness

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 21, 2013 11:16:10 AM


  13. No loss....He's like the guy who says the sky is blue and wants to take all the fame credit for it...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 21, 2013 11:19:37 AM


  14. I'd suggest he take advantage of whatever educational opportunities there might be available to him and stay in touch with the outside world and people on the outside as much as possible. But I don't know what life is like for a guy locked up in a military prison. I'm sure they will make his life difficult and miserable. He did a very stupid thing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 21, 2013 11:19:48 AM


  15. He won't get early release and that's a good thing I hope he rots in prison and doesn't leave till he's old and senile

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 21, 2013 11:48:11 AM


  16. I'm kind of disturbed by the anti-Manning sentiments on this thread. "Not nearly long enough for his crimes." Really? He didn't murder anyone last time I checked. Completely overblown, and can only hope he gets a pardon down the line once some time has passed and the hyperbole has subsided.

    Posted by: Joel V | Aug 21, 2013 11:48:47 AM


  17. Where is the court that sentences the NSA for violating citizens rights?

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 21, 2013 11:49:59 AM


  18. Being eligible for parole and getting it are 2 different things. This is an extremely serious case and it is unlikely he would get parole. So he is looking at decades. Good. He deserves it.

    Unlike Eric Snowden, Manning is no hero and no whistle blower. He released diplomatic cables that had nothing to do with any alleged wrongdoing and which had nothing to do with any war. He didn't even know what he was leaking because he hadn't read it. He was working out his emotional problems by hurting others.

    Posted by: Phil | Aug 21, 2013 12:12:32 PM


  19. Rafael:

    There is no court that sentences the NSA. The NSA and the other secret agencies that make up the massive surveillance state we've constructed are accountable to nobody -- as they destroy of all remnants of privacy and civil liberties.

    The airheads on this website are too busy looking at underwear models and too concerned about cake decorators not servicing gay clientele to worry about an intrusive national security state.

    Posted by: will | Aug 21, 2013 12:26:55 PM


  20. Contrary to a lot of media reports, Manning is not a gay man. He is a "transgender." And today, Manning is one sad tranny.

    I predict that in a few years, he will demand taxpayer funded hormone treatments and "gender reassignment" surgery. And of course the trans activists will demand that gay organizations - rebranded as "LGBT" organizations - support him. This has already happened in California, where a guy who murdered his wife and is serving a life sentence is demanding that the taxpayers pay for his electrolysis and the trans activists are demanding that our groups take up the banner of free hair removal for murderers. This is how a movement gets hijacked.

    Posted by: Dana | Aug 21, 2013 12:35:05 PM


  21. Meanwhile, the men and women who destroyed the world economy continue to this day, without so much as a tax increase.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 21, 2013 12:36:12 PM


  22. All you gay men laughing at Manning and saying he deserved what he got.....I'll be laughing at you as you march to the incinerators. Your day is coming. Enjoy this illusion of 'progress' and 'freedom'.

    Posted by: Tomate | Aug 21, 2013 12:40:10 PM


  23. please post 1 case of NSA spying on 1 single american

    just because hyperbolic hysterical and egotistacl greenwald and snowden say the NSA can do such....does not automatically mean the NSA has done such......not a single case of the NSA doing such illegally of 1 single american citizen has been presented yet

    Also the NSA issue is a completely different issue as compared to manning

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 21, 2013 12:51:11 PM


  24. The sun'll come out
    Tomorrow
    Bet your bottom dollar
    That tomorrow
    There'll be sun!
    Just thinkin' about
    Tomorrow
    Clears away the cobwebs,
    And the sorrow
    'Til there's none!

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 21, 2013 1:01:25 PM


  25. GOOD

    HAVE FUN IN PRISON, LOSER!

    This guy did NOTHING other than put the lives of Foreign Service personnel at risk.

    For what???? NOTHING

    Posted by: Sammie | Aug 21, 2013 1:45:38 PM


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