Mar 14, 2014
Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for Serving the World
Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison with the chance of parole in his court-martial at Fort Meade, Md. As one Twitter user posted, “That’s 35 years more than the people who started the Iraq War.”
The former U.S. soldier responsible for revealing hundreds of thousands of truths via WikiLeaks may be released after serving at least a third of his prison sentence. Although WikiLeaks has called it a “significant strategic victory” since he’s eligible for parole after 4.4-9 years, journalist Birgitta Jónsdóttir calls it nothing less than an “affront to democracy.” The Guardian piece continues:
Whistle-blowers like Manning play a vital role in democracy. His sentence demonstrates just how far the United States has fallen from the great nation it once promised to be.
A vigil was held at Fort Meade on Wednesday morning, and a rally and subsequent march have been scheduled by Manning supporters at the White House at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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