Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks

Bradley Manning - WikiLeaks trail begins Three years after Army Pfc.Bradley Manning’s arrest for leaks of U.S. government and military secrets, the WikiLeaks trial ended with Manning, found guilty of illegally leaking documents which carried 20 other legal specifications and a potential sentence of up to 154 years in prison when all charges are aggregated. Manning was found not guilty on the charge of aiding the enemy, which would have carried a life sentence.

According to AP, today, a judge sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving US secrets to WikiLeaks.

The trial was polarising and the judge’s final decision is expected to be as well; Manning is a hero to some and nothing short of a demons of others as the result of his actions during which he, in his position as an intelligence analyst, provided substantial amounts–the largest amount of classified information– to the website WikiLeaks, the non-profit international organisation founded by Julian Assange that publishes secret and classified media from anonymous sources.

The Obama administration remains sharply criticised for prosecuting more whistleblowers than any prior US president, to which the administration has responded that military secrets and the safety of government officials is at issue.

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