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USA: Manning supporters rally as whistleblower is sentenced to 35 years01:12

USA: Manning supporters rally as whistleblower is sentenced to 35 years

United States, Fort Meade
August 21, 2013 at 14:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Manning supporters rally as whistleblower is sentenced to 35 years

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a military judge on Wednesday as punishment for having leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks that the government considered classified. Outside Fort Meade and prior to his sentencing, demonstrators from the Bradley Manning Support Committee held up signs that read 'Say no to pre-trial torture', 'Does America have a conscience?' and 'Clemency for Brad Manning'.

The 25-year-old could have faced up to 90 years in prison for his crime and the US government had requested that the judge sentence him to 60 years. After he has served one third of his 35 year sentence, he will be eligible for parole.

Manning was convicted last month for, among other things, violating the Espionage Act when he copied and disseminated classified documents while working in Iraq as an intelligence analyst. Manning began sending "War Logs" to WikiLeaks in February 2010 that included field reports about US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, in what he claimed was an attempt to help the general public better understand the conflicts.

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USA: Manning supporters rally as whistleblower is sentenced to 35 years

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a military judge on Wednesday as punishment for having leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks that the government considered classified. Outside Fort Meade and prior to his sentencing, demonstrators from the Bradley Manning Support Committee held up signs that read 'Say no to pre-trial torture', 'Does America have a conscience?' and 'Clemency for Brad Manning'.

The 25-year-old could have faced up to 90 years in prison for his crime and the US government had requested that the judge sentence him to 60 years. After he has served one third of his 35 year sentence, he will be eligible for parole.

Manning was convicted last month for, among other things, violating the Espionage Act when he copied and disseminated classified documents while working in Iraq as an intelligence analyst. Manning began sending "War Logs" to WikiLeaks in February 2010 that included field reports about US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, in what he claimed was an attempt to help the general public better understand the conflicts.