Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives alongside military officials at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland.
August 21st, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

By Paul Courson

For leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, Bradley Manning is set to spend the next three decades in prison.

A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison - less than the 60 years prosecutors sought, as well as the 90 years he could have received.

The former Army intelligence analyst - convicted in July of stealing 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos and disseminating them to WikiLeaks - will be credited for the roughly three and a half years he's already served in detention.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, also reduced his rank from private first class to private, and ordered him to be dishonorably discharged. Manning also will forfeit pay and benefits.

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  1. Charlotte

    Who are you suppose to tell if the people you would usually report these things to are the ones committing the crime? I get there needs to be things that not everyone needs to know for a variety of reasons but there is a point in time where everything should slam up against a giant redundancy wall in our government. In all of these cases it did not, and lets not forget how many there were! So this wasn't some simple clerical error. The wall wasn't there and so Bradley stepped in. What in the world would you do if you had to see all these horrible things happening to these people every day for years and no one was doing anything about it. Do you really think you could just set there and shrug it off because this time it happened to be coming from your own country? No one does anything perfectly but... if nothing else you should recognize the bravery and patriotism it takes to do all that he has done.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
  2. W.

    "I don't need your sweet emotion, or your 'little Bo Peep' devotion, all I want is just a portion of your dirty love..."

    August 22, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
  3. letmeeatcake

    why is that guy still wearing a military uniform?...should be an orange jumpsuit...

    August 22, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Working to finance the Middle East military welfare machine

      This is probably a file photo, that and he doesn't get his new threads until he gets to his new home.

      August 22, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
  4. Lancy lobo

    You are scred up and need to see a shrik"

    August 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton-2.01

    my sentence calculator says that is one day for every 58 pages of leak. is it a good thing or a bad thing?

    August 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      The fact that Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted at all is a total ignominy!!! Yes, there are men in the military who got off with extremely light sentences while others went scott free for abusing or assaulting their female counterparts is totally ludicrous. Then again, there are those filthy creeps who operate those ungodly drones, slaughtering people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen on a daily basis. Where is the justice??????? Will somebody tell me, please?

      August 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • George Patton-2.01

        who is looking for justice? not me. and FYI – people operating drones are not creeps, they are just doing their job. People who're fighting our forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen are creeps or illiterate muslims.

        August 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • George patton

      Come on George Patton-2.01, you're beginning to sound like Tea Partier for taking up for those murdering cowards who operate those monster drones. Have you any notion of what it's like to be on the receiving end of one of those 500 lb. bombs? Evidently not!!!

      August 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      The only good thing about this sentence is chances are he will get shanked and never walk out. Just goes to show how America is becoming cowards.

      August 22, 2013 at 5:20 am | Reply

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