Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years For Wikileaks Release

    August 21, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for providing WikiLeaks with 700,000 classified government documents in 2010.

He was found not guilty of the most serious charge against him, “aiding the enemy,” but was found guilty on charges under the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the code of military justice.

Manning was also received a dishonorable discharge and a reduction in rank to private (from private first class). He is also forced to forfeit pay and benefits.

Col. Morris Davis, assistant professor at Howard Law and former Gitmo chief prosecutor, had this to say:

Not the worst scenario for Manning, who faced up to 90 years. He will reportedly be credited with the 1,294 days he spent in pre-trial confinement plus an additional 112 days.

Wikleaks points to a statement from the Center for Constitutional Rights, which condemns Manning’s sentence, saying he should have never been prosecuted. Here’s the full statement:

We are outraged that a whistleblower and a patriot has been sentenced on a conviction under the Espionage Act. The government has stretched this archaic and discredited law to send an unmistakable warning to potential whistleblowers and journalists willing to publish their information. We can only hope that Manning’s courage will continue to inspire others who witness state crimes to speak up.

This show trial was a frontal assault on the First Amendment, from the way the prosecution twisted Manning’s actions to blur the distinction between whistleblowing and spying to the government’s tireless efforts to obstruct media coverage of the proceedings. It is a travesty of justice that Manning, who helped bring to light the criminality of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being punished while the alleged perpetrators of the crimes he exposed are not even investigated. Every aspect of this case sets a dangerous precedent for future prosecutions of whistleblowers – who play an essential role in democratic government by telling us the truth about government wrongdoing – and we fear for the future of our country in the wake of this case.

We must channel our outrage and continue building political pressure for Manning’s freedom. President Obama should pardon Bradley Manning, and if he refuses, a presidential pardon must be an election issue in 2016.

Manning’s supporters are sharing their reactions on Twitter:

  • Hmmm….

    35 years is a life sentence. People have no clue how the prison system works. They think decades long sentences are humane. They are not. They are awful.

    We have 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s population. We are locking up non-violent people who commit truly victimless crimes every day. Heck, we are setting up people on the internet for crimes against people who do not even exist. Often, the people who are behind the busts actually have criminal records themselves and are paying off officials!!! It is crazy.

    We are becoming a police state. A fully functional police state. Examples are below:

    – No-warrant wire taps.
    – Indefinite detention of citizens without charges.
    – Approval of rendition of prisoners and torture.
    – Stop and frisk without probable cause.
    – Search and seizure without a warrant.
    – No-knock entry,
    – Confiscation and destruction of cameras that film police acting illegally.
    – Police brutality and police shootings that go without investigation.
    – Managed news.
    – The civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.
    – FEMA camps.
    – TSA expansion beyond airports.
    – Internet entrapment cases.
    – People going to prison for crimes against fictitious people who do not even exist.
    – Major increase in all victimless crimes in the US.

    God save this nation and the people in it.

  • Reality

    God knows the truth Bradley and so does the American people. I know it isn’t much consolation. But the vast majority of us know and furthermore, we will remember.

    Many innocent people have gone to prison in this nation. The sad part is that we were once truly the best nation in the world. We gave others hope.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

    “None of the war crime participants Bradley Manning exposed were ever charged or prosecuted.”



  • Message

    We tell our children to tell the truth and then give 3 decades of prison time for doing so. Do we really think our children do not see this? We are such hypocrites in this nation.