Manning gets 35 years for leaks

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SORRY. In this file photo, US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning leaves a military court facility after hearing his verdict in the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. Photo by AFP/Saul Loeb

American Army soldier Bradley Manning was sentenced by a military court to 35 years imprisonment on Wednesday, August 21, for causing the biggest-ever security breach in the US. The 25-year-old private could be freed on parole within a decade and will serve his sentence in military custody before being dishonorably discharged, AFP reported. He had handed secret government documents to Wikileaks, including material showing graphic cockpit footage of two US Apache attack helicopters firing at and killing 12 people in Baghdad in 2007. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Manning’s sentence was a “significant tactical victory” for his anti-secrecy cause.

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