By Mirembe Martina
U.S soldier, Bradley Manning was sentenced for his participation in providing information to Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, to leak U.S secrets to the world.
Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in military prison. He was sentenced yesterday, Wednesday 22nd August for leaking more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks. The 25-year-old former low-level intelligence analyst, in uniform, stood quietly and showed no emotion as he was sentenced by Judge Colonel Denise Lind. Prosecutors had sought that he get a 60 year jail sentence.
Military parole rules can only allow Manning to be out of prison in seven years according to his lawyer. Manning’s aunt, Debra Van Alstyne, closed her eyes and appeared to be holding back tears as the sentencing was read while supporters shouted: “Bradley, we are with you.”
Defense attorney David Coombs admitted to weeping upon hearing the news and said his client tried to soothe him. “Myself and others were in tears. He looks to me and he says ‘It’s OK. It’s all right,’” Coombs told reporters after the hearing, adding that Manning told him, “‘I’m going to be OK. I’m going to get through this’ … I’m in a position where my client is cheering me up. He is a resilient young man.”
Manning is going to serve his sentenced in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Manning will be dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military, Lind said. She reduced his sentence by the three years he has served in prison, plus the 112 days she had already decided to subtract because of the harsh treatment the soldier suffered after his arrest three years ago.