Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By Laura Tribe

This morning Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing government documents to Wikileaks.

Manning was convicted of 20 charges on July 30, 2013, and had already pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges. He will need to serve at least one-third of his sentence before being eligible for parole. If he had faced the maximum penalty, Manning could have been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

In addition to his prison sentence, Private Manning will also be dishonourably discharged from the U.S. Army and forfeit his pay. Last week Manning apologized for hurting the U.S. through his actions, but maintains that he knew the decisions he was making.

International free expression organization ARTICLE 19 is calling for U.S. President Obama to pardon Manning. Executive Director Agnes Callamard stated, “The international impact of jailing Manning will encourage self-censorship, silencing potential whistleblowers. Governments across the globe will point to America to justify attacks on their own citizens.”

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In the News

BBC | Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in Wikileaks case
CBC | Bradley Manning gets 35 years in WikiLeaks case
Democracy Now | Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years In Prison
The Globe and Mail | U.S. soldier Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case
The Guardian | Bradley Manning's sentence: 35 years for exposing us to the truth
The New York Times | Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Government Secrets
Reuters | U.S. soldier Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case
Toronto Star | Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks