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Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years In Prison

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    A military judge has sentenced whistle blower Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for his role in the leaking of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The sentence seems rather excessive to me, but it is no where near the maximum that he could have received. He is required to serve one third of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, meaning that he will be almost 40 years old before he has a chance to be a free man again.

    I admit that I'm biased with regards to this case because he is receiving more time than many rapist and murderers receive for violent crimes. Not just that, but the military could not name one person that was actually harmed because of Manning's disclosures. The ACLU released a statement shortly after the sentencing that read: “When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system.”

    Is this an appropriate sentence, or should Manning have received more or less time?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Do you think Pvt Manning would do things differently if he could go back in time and do it again? I do. Somehow, I don't think that this all worked out the way he envisioned it.

    You say that ..."the military could not name one person that was actually harmed"... I would say that just because they did not name someone who was harmed, doesn't mean that no one was harmed. Maybe the military won't say, or maybe the military doesn't know if someone was harmed. I don't think there is any person who really knows for sure that no one was harmed.

    In general, the military is good at keeping things secret unlike Pvt Manning.

    More or less time? He's lucky to get this sentence. He could have been charged and found guilty of treason so it could have been much worse for him.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    The Military Code of Justice is far and away much harsher than the criminal laws that are applied to civilians when it comes to sentencing, I remember when I was in the service ,if you did a civilian crime and was convicted, you were then subjected to the United State Military Code of Justice and their Courts Martial proceedings, and the sentence usually followed the civilian sentence. Although in the Military prison system you can receive a shortened sentence because of good conduct.
  • Libertarian
    Grove City, OH
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    I really don't think the penalty is remotely fair, but Snowden did poke a sleeping bear. Historically, If you broker national secrets, the government comes down hard even if a recipe for cookies. :)
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It's being reported in the news to/day that PFC. Manning now wants a gender re-assignment as a women and although the U.S. Military Prison System does not allow for that type surgery, it does allow for the counseling sessions.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    johnnycee Wrote: It's being reported in the news to/day that PFC. Manning now wants a gender re-assignment as a women and although the U.S. Military Prison System does not allow for that type surgery, it does allow for the counseling sessions.
    Yeah, I heard this too. Personally I don't care if anyone does this. The difference being, now that your medical is paid by the system, maybe you should start this incredibly expensive procedure now. If Dude was paying 18,000.00 per year for treatments, I'd then say the prison should continue what was started. To start this now is an extremely strange precedence. We'll have to watch and see.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Why should the U.S. Military pay for this ,once he gets out, and he will, then he should embark on his new life as a woman at his own expense, I think that the LGBT will have a new cause celebre' now.
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    Without knowing more details of what exactly Manning leaked, I feel that he may be more of a hero than a villain. During the Geo W. Bush years, his administration clearly stated that "Teachers were Terrorists" and "Environmentalists Were Terrorists" ---- & they certainly did not treat Democrats very well, either. If you were forced to face Life inside a Prison for a large percentage of your Youth, then maybe it would be easier to seek any kind of reduction of sentence. I think Manning should not be treated any worse than the average prisoner in there for "pot smoking" or similar things. He was acting out of "principle" & the Founders were very lenient about things like that. After all, George Washington was considered a Traitor to the British Crown, & think what they would have done to him if they caught him. You have to look at the BIG PICTURE, before you can Judge.

    Also, speaking of "picture" --- was that a photo of Bradley Manning "in drag" -- really a photo of our whistle blower? Not too bad, for a military guy. Maybe they will send him to "spy school" --- now that he is a Master of Disguise. They always say "the best spies are actors."
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    My problem with PFC. Manning is that he took a oath and he violated that oath and he was subsequently punished for it, although I doubt very strongly that he will spend 35 years in prison, it was said on various news outlets that the most would be 7 years, and then parole, he was given credit for time served (3) years plus any time off for good behavior will also be deducted, so it looks like maybe 4 more years at the most before he would be paroled.