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.

Comments

  1. Tonez says

    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?

  2. Daniel says

    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.

  3. andrew says

    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.

  4. MaryM says

    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.

  5. Moz's says

    @ 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

  6. ratbastard says

    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.

  7. Joel V says

    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.

  8. Phil says

    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.

  9. will says

    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.

  10. Dana says

    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.

  11. Tomate says

    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’.

  12. Moz's says

    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

  13. Hagatha says

    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!

  14. JohnAGJ says

    Should have gotten more time, but I suppose this is good enough. He now has multiple felonies, a dishonorable discharge and a prison record to contend with. Good luck getting a decent job when you’re finally manage to get out, bud! I doubt he’ll make parole the first time he’s eligible, but perhaps after that when the publicity fades.

  15. JohnAGJ says

    Should have gotten more time, but I suppose this is good enough. He now has multiple felonies, a dishonorable discharge and a prison record to contend with. Good luck getting a decent job when you’re finally manage to get out, bud! I doubt he’ll make parole the first time he’s eligible, but perhaps after that when the publicity fades.

  16. Bob R says

    Just another miscarriage of justice. He released documents of war crimes, murder and political lies and as a result brought embarrassment and some temporary discredit to the US government. He’s a whistle blower who exposed U.S lies and criminal acts to the public. NO ONE has died as a result of Bradley’s “crimes”.

    Yet Bush/Cheney who outed a secret CIA agent resulting in the death of who knows how many, (if any, we’ll never know unless someone “betrays the secret”), CIA operatives as a result, men who approved and authorized torture and indefinite imprisonment of people without charges and have committed far greater crimes against humanity. These accused criminals have never been charged. The CO of Abu Grahaib, where prisoners were tortured and killed got off with a wrist slap for his crimes. Obama who allows drone strikes that murder innocent people as “collateral damage” decides to make an example of Bradley. I could go on, but why bother.

    You people here that condemn Bradley but say not a word about Bush, Cheney, torture and murder committed in our name by our military and our President should be ashamed. You’re cowards and hypocrites, one and all. You’re part of the problem. Perhaps you’re afraid to defend Bradley because he’s gay and you don’t want to be tainted by him.

    I’m a Vietnam veteran who fought for this country and will admit that I too was duped to participate in a criminal war. I weep for the cowardly nation we’ve become; paranoid and so afraid we’re willing to give up more and more of our liberty for “safety”. I agree with Ben Franklin, we deserve neither liberty or safety.

  17. YouSoSerious? says

    According to my handy-dandy calculator, if he continues to accrue at the current rate, he’ll be up for parole in 7.82 years as of today. He could be out before Hillary is done with her stay at the White House (one has to wonder if she’ll have the smarts to push for Manning’s parole).

  18. Buckie says

    He should be pardoned, but I wouldn’t expect this administration to pardon a whistle-blower, since it’s just as corrupt as the last administration.

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