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Offline mayya

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Manning : 35 years in prison is the sentence
« on: August 21, 2013, 16:21:47 PM »
Bradley Manning to be sentenced for WikiLeaks disclosures – live updates

10.19am ET 

35 years in prison is the sentence.

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BREAKING: Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail. #Manning #Wikileaks
4:18 PM - 21 Aug 2013
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10.23am ET 

Further details of the sentence are emerging. Manning is to be dishonorably discharged from the military and forfeit all pay and allowances.


10.28am ET 

In sum Manning has 1,294 days of credit – 3.55 years – toward his 35-year sentence.

He is eligible for parole after serving at least one-third of the sentence, the AP reports.

10.32am ET 

Guardian Washington correspondent Paul Lewis is at Fort Meade. "A three-year protracted legal process that has been ongoing since May 2010 was over in less than two minutes," he writes:

At 10.15am, running a little later than scheduled, the military judge presiding over the court martial, Colonel Denise Lind, walked into the courtroom. After dealing with some court admin, she said:

"Members of the gallery I will now announce the sentence. I will ask that you maintain decorum, as you have during these proceedings." She told the public gallery that anyone who interrupted proceedings would then be escorted from court.

As it turned out, the sentence was read out too quickly for anyone to respond. The colonel said Manning would reduced in grade, to the rank of private E1, forfeit pay and allowances, and be dishonourably discharged. The she said he would be sentenced to 35 years.

The soldier appeared not show any emotional reaction. A reporter in the public gallery said when the sentence was read out, there were gasps among spectators, and one woman clasped her hands over her head.

After judge left the courtroom, Manning was very quickly ushered out the room by guards. A handful of supporters shouted "we'll keep fighting for you Bradley" and "you're our hero".

10.34am ET 

Bradley Manning was quickly ushered from the court. Supporters shouted "we'll keep fighting for you Bradley" and "you're our hero".
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) August 21, 2013


10.37am ET 

Some perspective on the length of the sentence compared with other sentences (correction: there weren't any):

That's 35 years more than the people who started the Iraq War. RT @kgosztola Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison.
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) August 21, 2013


Hayden: Illegally spied on millions on Americans. Clapper: Admittedly lied to Congress re NSA surveillance. Manning: Sentenced to 35 yrs.
— Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 21, 2013


10.40am ET 

It's "seriously wrong" for a soldier who shared information with the public to be punished "far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians," the ACLU says in a statement on the Manning sentence:

A legal system that doesn't distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it's also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.

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Offline Riney

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Re: Manning : 35 years in prison is the sentence
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 16:26:20 PM »

   Well now we know, it has been such a long long time to find out.  It is hard to know how to feel about it. I am sure many will express their feelings about it. My thoughts are with Manning.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" Anais Nin .. and yet we must arm ourselves with fear