Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In WikiLeaks Case

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving a trove of military and diplomatic secrets to the website WikiLeaks.

Manning was sentenced Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.

The judge convicted the 25-year-old soldier last month of 20 offenses, including six violations of the Espionage Act. He could have been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

Prosecutors had asked for at least 60 years behind bars. Manning's lawyer suggested no more than 25, because by then, some of the documents Manning leaked will be declassified.

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to learn his punishment for leaking troves of classified information to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

A military judge says she'll sentence Manning on Wednesday morning in his court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. He faces up to 90 years in prison for 20 offenses, including six violations of the Espionage Act.

Prosecutors have asked Army Col. Denise Lind to sentence him to at least 60 years. Manning's defense has suggested he should spend no more than 25 years in prison.

The 25-year-old Oklahoma native has apologized for hurting the United States. He says he meant to help people by exposing wrongdoing. But he says he should have worked harder to push his concerns through approved channels.

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