Bradley Manning, the heroic whistleblower for Wikleaks and devious traitor for the Pentagon, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison by a U.S. military court in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Manning had been convicted last month of 20 charges — including espionage — for handing hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.
Prosecutors had originally asked for a 60-year sentence in order to send a message to future potential leakers. A more recently hailed/hated leaker of classified US information, Edward Snowden, has no doubt been following the proceedings from Russia, where he has been given temporary asylum. Manning's sentence was leading the news on the homepage of top Moscow daily Kommersant.
Russia's Kommersant homepage - Kommersant.ru
The world immediately took to Twitter to react to the 25-year-old U.S. soldier's sentence.
The US will never be able to lecture world again about the value of transparency and press freedoms without triggering a global laughing fit
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 21, 2013
Freedom for Mubarak, 35 years for Manning.
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) August 21, 2013
Significant strategic victory in Bradley Manning case. Bradley Manning now elegible for release in less than 9 years, 4.4 in one calculation
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 21, 2013
Manning: Sentenced to 35 yrs in prison for leaking gov'mt docs. Hayden: Appearing live on nat'l TV to defend his illegal surveillance.
— Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 21, 2013
Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, tells me Bradley Manning's 35-year sentence will not deter all future whistleblowers.
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) August 21, 2013
BREAKING: Betrayal of classified documents entrusted to you has serious legal consequences. #Shocker
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) August 21, 2013
Manning condamné à 35 ans de prison pour avoir révélé des informations d'intérêt public. Jour de honte pour la démocratie américaine.
— Edwy Plenel (@edwyplenel) August 21, 2013
Manning sentenced to 35 years for revealing information in the public's interest. Shameful day for American democracy.
— Alvaro valjean (@Alvaro_valjean) August 21, 2013
Manning's sentence is proof that in the U.S. it is a crime to demonstrate the government's filth