Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Leaking Secrets

210px-Bradley_Manning_US_ArmyThirty-Five years in military prison. Is that really a reasonable sentence for Bradley Manning’s “crimes” against the state? From ABC News:

FT. MEADE, Md. — Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison today.

Manning, 25, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted July 30.

He was found guilty of 20 of the 22 charges he faced, mostly for espionage, theft and fraud. But a judge found him not guilty of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, which carries a life sentence.

The 20 charges originally carried the possibility of 136 years in prison, but Judge Col. Denise Lind later granted a defense motion that reduced the potential maximum sentence to 90 years.

Bradley Manning Guilty on Most Charges, but Not Aiding Enemy

At the end of the sentencing phase of the trial, Army prosecutors said Manning should serve at least 60 years in prison. But Manning’s defense attorney argued that he should not serve more than 25 years.

In his closing arguments during the two-week sentencing phase, Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs, continued to portray Manning as a naïve young soldier who believed he could change the world.

Coombs said Manning had “pure intentions” in releasing the documents to WikiLeaks. “At that time, Pfc. Manning really, truly, genuinely believed that this information could make a difference.”

But in court documents released earlier this week that explained her verdicts, Lind said Manning’s conduct “was both wanton and reckless.” She added that it “was of a heedless nature that made it actually and imminently dangerous to others.”…

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  • emperorreagan

    Fair trials aren’t possible because judges are all vested in maintaining a system and their position within it. They’re not interesting in some ideal like “justice.”

    An Army judge was never going to bite the hand that feeds them and the law gives plenty of cover for jurists (whether they’re civilian or military) to uphold its letter while avoiding any other questions.

  • BuzzCoastin

    meanwhile war criminals
    Bush, Cheney, Obummer go free

    • Juan

      Exactly, and their paymasters who run the rigged financial and monetary systems aren’t doing a day in jail either.

    • Victoria

      Don’t you know you’re not a criminal when you are part of the process that makes law?

      Welcome to America.

  • Andrew

    “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” – Henry David Thoreau

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    I anticipate, with abject horror, the crimes to come: unseen. A stifling shadow descends on us. What follows must be unspeakably grim.

    • Andrew

      We will never know the truth, and we will never be free.

      Never.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    I want to see some people attempt to break him out of there. It could be done….

    • DeepCough

      Unfortunately, Michael Westen is busy at the moment.

  • Will Coles

    In 1971 William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment for leading the massacre of 500 Vietnamese at My Lai in 1968. This was instantly reduced to 20 years. He spent 3 & a half years under house arrest before being pardoned in by President Nixon in 1974.

    I’m guessing Bradley Manning won’t get off as easily as military mass murderers do.

  • DeepCough

    “Freedom isn’t free/
    It costs folks like you and me/
    and if you don’t pay that buck o’ five/
    who will?”
    ~Team America: World Police