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Bradley Manning’s maximum possible sentence cut to 90 years

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Tuesday by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related.

The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had argued for an 80-year maximum. Still, the 25-year-old soldier could spend most, if not all, of his remaining years inside a prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Patrick Semansky, AP
Bradley Manning

The sentencing phase of Manning’s court-martial is in its second week. He was convicted last week of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts and a federal computer fraud charge for leaking more than 700,000 documents from a classified government computer network while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

Manning says he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing by the military and U.S. diplomats. He contends he selectively leaked material that wouldn’t harm service members or national security.

At his sentencing hearing, prosecutors are presenting evidence that the leaks damaged U.S. interests. They have focused mainly on the impact of more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks began publishing in November 2010.

Prosecutors also have presented evidence the disclosures damaged America’s military and diplomatic relationships with some foreign governments and endangered the lives of foreign citizens who had confided in diplomats.

At trial, defense attorneys portrayed Manning as a “young, naive but good-intentioned” soldier who was in emotional turmoil, partly because he was a gay service member at a time when homosexuals were barred from serving openly in the U.S. military.

Also Tuesday, Manning’s father said he still thinks his son is innocent.

Brian Manning, of Oklahoma City, said on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 that he can’t understand how someone could obtain so much classified information and smuggle it out of a supposedly secure workplace without being detected.

Bradley Manning has said he downloaded the material onto his workplace computer, transferred it to CDs and then used his personal computer to send it to WikiLeaks.

A former Navy technician, Brian Manning said it would be wrong to leak classified information that would damage the United States and its military. He said he loves his son but that if he could speak freely with him, “I would basically tell him right off the bat that he had no excuse whatsoever for allegedly releasing that information.”

Brian Manning declined an Associated Press interview request Tuesday night.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. shouldn´t even be that long, shouldn´t be any longer than 90 DAYS…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:23am
  2. ´Sentence reduced 46 years beyond normally expected lifetime? Whoopee-dooo!! The military judge who approved this stunt clearly deserves a medal!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:28am
  3. Bradley Manning should get a medal and a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:31am
  4. Gee, is that all?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:33am
  5. Still to Long!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:39am

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:43am
  7. It should be a 1,000 years

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:11am
  8. you people are really uneducated. the media has made you all very stupid

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:21am
  9. Darrien Kane Mccain Girl: am I pretty?
    Boy: no
    Girl: do you like me?
    Boy: no
    Girl: would you cry if I walked away?
    Boy: no
    She hears enough and was hurt… she walks away with tears in her eyes the boy grabs her arm
    Boy: you´re not pretty… you´re beautiful
    Boy: I don´t like you… I love you
    Boy: I want to be with you forever… I need to be with you forever
    Boy: I won´t cry if you walk away… I will die if you walk away
    Boy whispered: please stay with me
    Girl whispered: I will
    At midnight your true love will realize he loves you
    Something good will happen to you
    @1-4 p.m
    Get ready for the shock of your life if you don´t post this to 20 other comments… you will have bad luck with relationships for the next 10 years of your life
    4 hours ago · Like

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:21am
  10. he didnt betray our people, he betrayed the obama administration. but nobody cares, because he supports lgbtq rights. but all hes done in his 6 years is sign dont ask dont tell. weve done everything without his suposed help

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:24am
  11. So he gets 90 years in jail for trying to spread truth about what the evil obama administration is doing but then rapists and murderers get 25 years…and obama is free…..what the fuck?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:42am
  12. I agree Shane – and if your gay (like me) then you are the FIRST gay person I have heard speak the truth about this f***ed up administration, besides myself ..and not “swoon” at Obama´s feet because he “says” he is “pro gay” – he doesn´t give 2 sh**S about us – its just a way to upset the apple cart with the republicans and piss them off – all he wants in this country is discord and to pit one group of people against another till there is total unrest and hostility and he´s doing a damn good job of that!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:52am
  13. and YES I want gay rights as much as the next gay citizen!! -but its just too bad that our “gay rights” will also be riding side by side with the USA going down the tubes under this present administration..I certainly hope and pray that the democrats have a decent candidate for 2016

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:58am
  14. Seeing how the charges against this man have nothing to do with his sex life, is the only reason they´re posting about him is because he´s homosexual? Would his acts of heroism be less if he weren´t homosexual?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:07pm
  15. Whistleblowers should not be imprisoned. Those suffering in darkness with the weight of the truth should be allowed to step into the light. Are we not the greatest country in the world or what? It is time to prove it and address our failures and stop imprisoning the messengers.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:42pm