Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced by a military judge Wednesday to 35 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge to day by Army Judge Col. Denise Lind and ordered Manning be given a reduction in rank, a dishonorable discharge and that he forfeit all military pay and benefits.
Manning, who was disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” 1000’s of documents including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks in 2010.
Many call him a hero. Some call him a traitor.
Manning had no visible reaction to the decision, and there were no audible outbursts by the 45 members of the public inside the court. After the judge left the courtroom, guards quickly ushered Manning out of the courtroom as a handful of supporters began yelling.
“You’re our hero!” and “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley!”
His case will go for an automatic appeal in the next six months.
Goberment prosecutors wanting Manning to facing as much as 136 years in prison, but Lind ruled Aug. 6 that several specifications were redundant for purposes of sentencing, reducing his maximum sentence to 90 years.