Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 YearsAdded: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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The former intelligence analyst has been sentenced to 35 years of jail time for leaking classified government data to WikiLeaks. The presiding judge, Denise Lind, handed down a sentence meaning that Manning will likely spend at least 8 more years in prison before he could be freed.
Bradley Manning is known for downloading about 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents and sending them to WikiLeaks. However, his lawyers have said that his case would have a chilling effect on whistleblowers willing to expose government wrongdoing.
This sentence is considered to be the longest meted out in recent history for a would-be whistleblower, but it was really one of the biggest leaks ever – it actually resulted in WikiLeaks releasing 250,000 diplomatic cables, almost 400,000 military reports and even a video of a 2007 US airstrike in Baghdad where two Reuters reporters were killed.
In the meantime, some parties still believe that the punishment is too light, especially some of the more right wing types, who even claimed Manning should have been executed for treason. Republican Buck McKeon, a chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, also claimed that the sentence was light considering the damage Bradley did to the national security. He added that there was a need to send a strong signal to others who may be tempted to disclose classified data – as if 35 years in jail wasn’t enough to deter an individual from handing over secret papers. The only problem is that McKeon’s argument is based on the fact that Manning, 25, was found guilty of aiding the enemy, which he wasn't.
The most the prosecution asked for was 60 years, while the defense wanted no more than 25. After Manning has served his sentence he will be dishonorably discharged, forfeit all pay and benefits. Now he will be transferred to Fort Leavenworth to serve his sentence, but his case will be appealed, so Bradley could be granted clemency by the Army parole board. His lead attorney promised to launch a new campaign urging Obama to pardon Manning. However, at the moment President is unlikely to do that.
Press reports remind that Central Intelligence Agency officer John Kiriakou is currently serving his 30-month sentence after being convicted of sharing classified data with a reporter about the outfit’s controversial waterboarding interrogation technique.
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
|As a Decorated Viet-Nam Veteran (with an Honorable Discharge) who is also 100% Disabled, things like this make me feel ashamed to say I am an American. Our Government has become exactly what I thought we've been fighting against for the last 200 years. Things are wrong, we should not Fear our Government, it should Fear us...... Will this insanity ever stop????|
|posted by (2013-09-04 02:01:56)|
|As a Decorated WWII Veteran (with an Honorable Discharge) who is also 100% Disabled, things like this make me feel ashamed to say I am an American. Our Government has become exactly what I thought we've been fighting against for the last 200 years. Things are wrong, we should not Fear our Government, it should Fear us...... Will this insanity ever stop????|
|It is not the nature of the information exposed by Manning that has got him a 35 year sentence but the collateral callous murdering of civilians gung ho style being shown that shows them in a bad light they cannot abide,other information as with the embassy communications were not really sensitive to the degree that the collateral murder video was since it showed what was tantamount to war crimes against civilians including small children and reporters,after which the lies about freeing the people fell apart.All along Americas goal was a coup d`tat against Saddam Hussien who allowed no Al-Queda into the Country no any other invaders including the Kurds and now the Kurds have a share in the oil and Al-queda has a large presence in Iraq which is a decimated country with large-scale secular murders of the population and a civilian death toll of 1.5 million thanks to the USA,lets hope they stop Helping other countries soon as the Genocide has to stop.|
|Embolism....well stated !|
|Shhhhh!!! The U.S. killed 1.5M in Iraq (source, The Lancet).|
Shhhhh!!!! The U.S. was found to be directly responsible for the deaths of more than 1M in Indonesia as cited by U.S. professor of South East Asian studies.
Shhhh... The U.S. killed 2.5M in Vietnam, does anyone actually know why? I don't get how that saved democracy?
Shhhh... The U.S. killed how many in the Korean War, 3M if I remember correctly.
Shhhhhh!!!! The U.S. killed 120K in El Salvador of all places....
Shhhhh, 1.5M in Afghanistan total, not the first time in Afghanistan!
So a guy got his hands on a video containing the brutal death of about 8 people??? Not reporting that on an average day as an average person, in an average city would make you a party to the crime if you did not report it. Buck McKeon and that Feinstein chick from California should get a video made just like that one, I'll hold the camera and as America is made a better place. Obama should stop supporting what the U.N. declares to be war-crimes, stop criticizing someone who did what he actually had the power to do and failed. Obama's medal should go to Manning and Obama should sit down in shame.
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