Friday, August 23, 2013

Bradley Manning's 35-year Sentence

Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. US government prosecutors had sought a prison term of at least 60 years and Manning's defense had suggested a term of no more than 25 years. In any case, the sentence is the longest in history in a case over a leak to the media of secret US government documents.

Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over Manning's court martial also said Manning would be dishonorably discharged from the US military, his rank would be lowered and he would have to forfeit his pay.

Manning’s lawyer said he would petition President Barack Obama to pardon his client or commute his sentence to time served.

This afternoon, a small party of four SUBS colleagues went to Fong Lye in Sunway Pyramid for lunch. The occasion was to celebrate Leong Ken Yien’s birthday, albeit belatedly (i.e. August 07). 

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