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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks
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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks
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FORT MEADE, MD - JULY 25: U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (2nd L) is escorted by military police as he leaves after the first day of closing arguments in his military trial July 25, 2013 Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Manning, who is charged with aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks

(FORT MEADE, Md.) – More than three years after his arrest in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning learned the price he'll pay for leaking an unprecedented volume of classified information to a once-obscure, anti-secrecy website.

The Oklahoma soldier was sentenced to 35 year in prison Wednesday.

Supporters stood outside holding posters that read "Free Bradley Manning."

They were assembled just hours before a military judge announced the sentence shortly after 9:00a.m.

Prosecutors wanted to sentence him to at least 60 years.

Manning's defense said he should spend no more than 25 years in prison.

The decision in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, caps a 12-week trial and a much longer legal battle over the former intelligence analyst's intentions when he reached out to WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors portray Manning, now 25, as "the determined insider," an anarchist hacker and traitor who started working within weeks of his 2009 deployment to provide WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange with exactly what they wanted.

Manning and his defense team maintain he was an idealistic soldier with a pure motive - to expose brutal truths about America's military and diplomatic corps.

They say the gay soldier's gender-identity crisis in the "don't ask, don't tell" military reached a crescendo that caused him to act out.

"I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people," Manning said in a courtroom apology last week.

The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed at least two civilians - a Reuters news photographer and his driver.

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