Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison after giving government documents to Wikileaks

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison after giving government documents to Wikileaks

Bradley Manning, the US soldier who was arrested in May 2010 after giving nearly 700,000 government documents to whistleblower site Wikileaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Just last month a US court found Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of six counts of espionage. He was found guilty under the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the code of military justice. For comparison, the US government had requested earlier this week that Manning receive a 60 year sentence, in addition to a $100,000 fine.

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The 25-year-old Manning will effectively have three years taken off his sentence for the time he has been held, and will be eligible for parole after serving at least a third of his remaining sentence. He will also be dishonorably discharged from the military and lose all pay and allowances.

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