Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years in Prison
Prosecutors had wanted 60
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his infamous leaking activities, according to multiple reports. He will also be dishonorably discharged and forfeit all pay and allowances, the Guardian reports. Manning will get credit for the time he's already spent in jail, which amounts to 1,294 days, or 3.55 years. His sentence falls short of the 60 years the government had sought, according to CNN, but the defense had wanted a 25-year term. Manning will be eligible for parole after serving a third of the sentence, the AP points out.

The entire hearing lasted less than two minutes, with the judge, Col. Denise Lind, declining to explain the reasoning behind her sentence. Manning showed no visible emotion. As he was led from the courtroom, supporters shouted, "You're our hero," and "We'll keep fighting for you, Bradley." Defense attorneys had fought for a "sentence that allows him to have a life," the Verge reports, while prosecutors had argued that a lengthy sentence would deter others. "He betrayed the United States," one prosecutor said yesterday, "and for that betrayal he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement."

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Aug 22, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
Of course the trial was a joke like many others, and Manning betrayed only the oppressing BEAST this country has become..not long ago, during its 300 yrs of independent sovereignty, was the land of the free. Maybe it's the colony 2nd class complex, and many centuries of social struggle that created this monstrous federation. Presidents depicting this hatred, with Clinton being a breeze of fresh air since Nixon, probably earlier ones too, and a couchlocked nation of ppl living the same day over n over again..with the exception of some enlightened souls..unfortunately couchlocked potatoes can't change their underwear let alone history.
Aug 21, 2013 10:43 PM CDT
Manning get 35 years and an NSA contract to explain how he did it.
Aug 21, 2013 10:34 PM CDT
Prosecution wanted 60, the 'your honestly' wanted 35, and i want both dead and the brave dude free..and some dillies too.