August 21st, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Bradley Manning gets 35 years

Bradley Manning, the Army private whose disclosure of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military and diplomatic documents gave American officials a global case of heartburn, was sentenced to more than three decades in prison Wednesday.

A military judge sentenced Manning to 35 years - less than the 60 years prosecutors sought, as well as the 90 years he could have received - minus credit for the about three and a half years he's already been behind bars.

He showed little to no reaction when the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, sentenced him at Fort Meade, outside Washington. But in a statement read by his attorney afterward, he said he acted "out of a love for my country and a sense of duty," to expose what he said were abuses committed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  1. saywhat

    breaking rules governing service with the military entails prosecution, regardless of motives. Manning deeming his motives as service to his country took that risk knowingly.

    August 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Ya know whats really a shame? That our elected children aren't held to the same standard as military personnel! In fact they should be held to an even higher standard, as they are paid a great deal more. But alas, they are as crooked as they come!

    August 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      How true! BUT, the really sad thing is that we just continue to re elect them!

      August 22, 2013 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      _

      Congressional work days: 126
      Congressional days off: 239

      Annual Salary with lucrative benefits: $174,000.00

      August 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    A belated 'well said' @chrissy@s kel
    The onus is on us the public .

    August 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Manning's lawyers are petitioning the POTUS for a pardon. SMH

    August 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Ty @ banasy! Doesn't that make Congress appear to be high end welfare recipients?

    August 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |