Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Manning had handed a large quantity of secret military reports and US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.


Reuters August 21, 2013
A supporter of US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning protests outside the main gate before the reading of the verdict in Manning's military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland July 30, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

FORT MEADE: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified data in US history.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind, who last month convicted him of 20 charges including espionage and theft, could have sentenced him to as many as 90 years in prison, though prosecutors had asked for 60 years.

Manning will be dishonorably discharged from the US military and forfeit some of his pay, Lind said.

A US military court had found Manning, 25, guilty of 20 of the 22 charges of spying and disobeying orders lodged against him for having handed a large quantity of secret military reports and US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

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