A military judge sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison. The former Army intelligence analyst apologized for leaking thousands of military documents. Manning's lawyers argued their client was in severe emotional distress at the time of the leaks.
He'll be dishonorably discharged and forfeit all pay and benefits. Manning gave more than 700-thousand secret documents to Wikileaks including diplomatic cables and this 2007 video showing an Apache helicopter firing in an incident that killed civilians in Baghdad. He was convicted of 20 offenses, but not on the most serious charge - aiding the enemy. Last week he apologized saying: "I understand that I must pay a price for my decisions and actions.'
Manning was a low level analyst when he leaked the information. He said he did it to provoke a public debate about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning's supporters call him a hero and a small group of them gathered outside the military base where he was sentenced. (
The documents Manning released represent the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. With good behavior he could shave several years off his prison sentence. . Manning will get credit for the more than 3 years he's already spent in custody.