Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years, Dishonorable Discharge

Activist Post

Nathan Fuller at has given us gracious permission to reprint his daily firsthand reports, which you can find below highlighted by date. Summaries, commentary, and videos provide a comprehensive chronicle of events from start to finish.

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Over the last week we have heard Manning's plea for forgiveness, as well as the introduction of Manning's mental health records and his childhood as possible mitigating factors in the sentencing phase. Combined with questions surrounding leadership failures at nearly all levels, as well as statements from Manning's family, the defense was seeking to stress that Judge Lind could render a decision that "allows him to have a life."

Manning could have received up to 90 years, but the government had officially called for 60 years, which would have ended Manning's life while behind bars. Captain Joe Morrow said, “There’s value in deterrence . . . This court must send a message to any soldier contemplating compromising national security information.”

The sentence is 35 years, dishonorable discharge, and forfeiture of pay and benefits. Realistically, given nearly 4 years of time served, plus parole, Manning reportedly could be out in as little as 10 years.

However, the defense is moving for a Presidential Pardon. Perhaps the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president will acknowledge the 100,000+ signatures that were submitted to nominate Manning for the same prize. The fight is far from over, as stated in the full report from the Bradley Manning Support Network below.