Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for Wikileaks disclosures

Summary:The soldier, convicted of leaking classified documents to whistleblowing group Wikileaks, was sentenced to 35 years of jail time by a military judge.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to whistleblowing group Wikileaks in 2010, was sentenced on Wednesday by a military judge to serve 35 years in prison.

Last month, Manning was convicted of multiple charges, including violations under the Espionage Act. He was found guilty on nearly all charges, including copying and transmitting classified information while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, but not guilty on aiding the enemy.

The documents made up Wikileaks' Iraq and Afghanistan "War Logs," which included thousands of cables sent between U.S. embassies abroad and the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C.

He also leaked a video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter firing on a group of Iraqis, which the crew believed to be insurgents, but included two journalists.

Manning faced up to 90 years in prison, but the U.S. government asked for 60 years, saying it would "send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information," according to military prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow.

Manning was given a credit for about three and a half years for the time he has already spent behind bars, including 112 days of credit for "abusive treatment" he was subjected to in Quantico.

He must serve at least one-third of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, reports The Guardian

Topics: Security

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