By Paul Courson
Army private Bradley Manning acted as a "determined insider" in leaking a trove of classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should spend a minimum of 60 years in jail, a military prosecutor said at his sentencing hearing on Monday.
Capt. Joe Morrow told Col. Denise Lind, the judge overseeing the former intelligence analyst's court-martial, that such punishment for the historic and unauthorized release of hundreds of thousands of documents and other information to WikiLeaks would ensure that "we never see a number like this again."
Defense attorney David Coombs portrayed Manning as an excellent candidate for rehabilitation, and that he should not be left to "rot in jail."
Coombs did not ask for any specific sentence in the case described as the largest-ever leak of classified information in U.S. history.
Lind recessed court until Tuesday.
It is unclear when Lind will render a decision, but Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years behind bars following his conviction on 20 criminal counts in July at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Manning avoided a potential life sentence when Lind rejected charges that his actions aided the enemy.