Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks

  • Article by: DAVID DISHNEAU , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 21, 2013 - 4:27 PM

FORT MEADE, Md. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the biggest leak cases in the U.S. since the Pentagon Papers a generation ago.

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gjacobAug. 21, 13 9:35 AM

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Had he found documents detailing extraordinary crimes, I would back him 100%; instead released documents of little public benefit. He got what he deserved.

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vlombardyAug. 21, 13 9:36 AM

"The Obama administration has charged seven people with leaking to the news media, while only three people were prosecuted in all previous administrations combined." This alone makes one wonder where the real problem lies.

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decembersueAug. 21, 1310:04 AM

Given he will likely serve less than ten years with parole, this seems fair. He knew he was breaking military law at the time, and he is not a civilian. We can't expect the govt to do nothing, and he has said as much in the past. He did, however, reveal information that the public should be aware of, though, and in that way provided a service by keeping some of the abuses out of the shadows. His prior mistreatment while in prison, which is well documented, would have justified a reduced sentence on its own.

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jdlellis1Aug. 21, 1310:07 AM

Imagine had Manning been around prior to D-Day and decided the Nazi's deserved to know what was about to hit them? Consider The Rosenberg's who decided Stalin needed the U.S. atomic secrets (as they did() and Stalin wound up creating more global havoc than did Hitler. Consider the guy who for over a decade pushed NATO secrets to the Soviet Union! The first role of the federal government is to protect its citizens from invasion both foreign and domestic. Failure to do so yields a nation no longer in existence. Information is power and these people need to buried underneath a jail!

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staredAug. 21, 1310:08 AM

He deserved a lot more than 35 years. Ineffective deterrent for other like-minded individuals, all of whom sign an oath to not release classified information.

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mchristiAug. 21, 1311:09 AM

At least the sentence isn't as great as it could have been, but it should have been short, less than 10 years, if not time served, especially considering the abusive treatment he had endured for a time. But I would question if he should have been prosecuted at all in the first place. He provided information of public importance which should not have been secret in the first place or covered up and kept secret by our government.

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tmauelAug. 21, 1311:24 AM

The following is from a statement by the Center for Constitutional rights: "We are outraged that a whistleblower and a patriot has been sentenced on a conviction under the Espionage Act. The government has stretched this archaic and discredited law to send an unmistakeable waning to potential whistlebllowers and journalists willing to publish their information." "This show trial was a frontal assault on the First Amendment. It is a travesty of justice that Manning, who helped bring to light the criminality of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being punished while the alleged perpetrators of these crimes he exposed are not even investigated.

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unicorn4711Aug. 21, 1311:45 AM

I agree with Daniel Ellsberg: "Well, nearly everything the president has said represents a confusion about the state of the law and his own responsibilities. Everyone is focused, I think, on the fact that his commander-in-chief has virtually given a directed verdict to his subsequent jurors, who will all be his subordinates in deciding the guilt in the trial of Bradley Manning. He's told them already that their commander, on whom their whole career depends, regards him [Manning] as guilty and that they can disagree with that only at their peril. In career terms, it's clearly enough grounds for a dismissal of the charges, just as my trial was dismissed eventually for governmental misconduct."

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gemie1Aug. 21, 1311:56 AM

What about the people who committed these crimes?

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tmauelAug. 21, 1311:58 AM

Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union: "When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system"

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