Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison, S.F. to Protest Tonight

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Bradley Manning headed to prison for 35 years
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced this morning to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors had portrayed 25-year-old Manning as "the determined insider," an anarchist hacker and traitor who started working within weeks of his 2009 deployment to provide WikiLeaks with all the information it wanted, according to an Associated Press report. The government was hoping that the military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, would give Manning 60 years behind bars for crimes he was convicted for, including Espionage Act violations, five theft counts, and computer fraud.

Manning supporters, who are calling on President Obama to pardon him, will be out in San Francisco later this evening for a rally. They plan to gather at Justin Herman Plaza on The Embarcadero at 5 p.m.

Tentatively scheduled speakers include Rainey Reitman, the co-founder of Bradley Manning Support Network, and Sue Englander of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, among others, according to the Ex.

Last month, Manning was convicted of leaking more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables in 2010 when he was working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

His attorneys argue that the gay soldier's gender-identity crisis in the "don't ask, don't tell" military reached a breaking point, causing him to act out, the AP reports. Manning claims he believed unveiling the secret government documents would alter the way everyone viewed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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





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Dean Jones
Dean Jones

Fine, then the officers that allowed a person with documented mental issues continue to work with top secret files well after they had several manic episodes. They must also be tried and convicted. You can't do it half way. The officers he worked under are just as responsible for allowing him to continue to work..wait..what's that? Not going to try those guys, worried you might open up a bigger can of worms eh? Ah well, you got your patsy..now we can all sleep at night right?

Frode Thoren
Frode Thoren

Agreed an what you say John LaForgia. It's bizarre and expose so well the paranoia in US government.

Jessica Tovar
Jessica Tovar

We support Manning for speaking the truth. The US is responsible for global atrocities & I wish we had more citizens with a conscience.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

What a shame! He spoke the truth! More then Obama can do!

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

"He exposed the truth which led to no harm..." You shoot at a bully that no one likes, but you miss. No harm, no foul, right? Bizarre. ;-) Was troop deployment and location specifics really anything that any of us needed to know? Really? Out the army and the government for their misuse of resources, don't out the soldiers who are trying to get a moments piece out in the field by giving away their positions.

Piotr Orloff
Piotr Orloff

It keeps getting shorter. I would be willing to bet that once the political wheel of fortune turns in 10 or 20 years he will be considered a hero and released.

Samyak Shah
Samyak Shah

how are you comparing him to a rapist? He exposed the truth which led to no harm...

Starwood Nightclub
Starwood Nightclub

Does it really matter what anyone thinks of the sentencing? It's done, and I suspect that the Prosecutors don't give a rat's tail end what a bunch of FB people have to say about the matter. Honestly -- it doesn't matter what anyone thinks other than the people sitting in that room at this stage.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

In other words, if you're a serial rapist, obviously your sentence will be multiplied (not long enough), just like this guy. Did a lot, multiplied his sentence a lot to reflect that.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

Average rape sentence is something like 65-72 months (not talking was actually served). Way too short, totally way to short. Rapists and pedofiles (sp?) should have something cut off. Problem is, he didn't do just 1 thing. He gave away some 700,000 reports, endangered however many 1000's women and men, and such and such else. So, what would have been a slap on the wrist and an dishonorable discharge is now 35 years...and he's *still* lucky because it could have been *much* higher...army and US are very vengeful when it comes to treason.

Paul Varga
Paul Varga

He did what he felt was right, but so did the law.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@John LaForgia Of course those details were carefully redacted by WikiLeaks prior to publishing, but don't let the facts get in the way of your outrage.

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