Bradley Manning, Army Private Behind WikiLeaks Leak, Gets 35 Years in Prison

Army Private Bradley Manning faces 35 years in prison, a judge ruled today. Phot

Army Private Bradley Manning faces 35 years in prison, a judge ruled today. Photo courtesy Tjebbe van Tijen/flickr.com

A military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning, the man responsible for leaking thousands of documents to Wikileaks, to 35 years in prison this morning. Manning will also be dishonorably discharged. The Washington Post reports:

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. He faced up to 90 years in prison.

According to the military, Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. 

The government had asked Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, to sentence Manning to 60 years.

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