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US seeks 60-Year prison sentence for Manning

Al Ahed news

An American military judge will begin on Tuesday to deliberate the sentence she will hand down to the American soldier Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking over 700,000 US military and diplomatic cables and videos of the murder of civilians to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Manning’s attorney David Coombs mentioned on this note that any prison term shouldn’t exceed 25 years because the classification of some of the documents leaked expires in 25 years.

“He betrayed the United States and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement,” the prosecutor, Captain Joe Morrow said.

“Perhaps his biggest crime was that he cared about the loss of life and that he couldn’t ignore it,” Coombs noted in the closing arguments of Manning’s trial.

Manning took the stand last week and apologized for hurting his country, believing that he did what he did because he wanted to change the world not hurt anyone.


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