FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Supporters of Bradley Manning believe his 35-year prison sentence for giving hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks is too harsh.
Among the spectators in the military courtroom where the sentence was announced today, there was a gasp, and one woman buried her face in her hands. One Manning supporter says he was "shocked" at the 35-year sentence.
Manning himself stood at attention and showed no reaction as Col. Denise Lind announced the punishment without explanation during a brief hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland.
After the judge imposed the sentence, guards hurried Manning out of the courtroom, as a handful of supporters shouted, "We'll keep fighting for you, Bradley!" and "You're our hero!"
Manning could have received a sentence of as long as 90 years. Prosecutors asked for at least 60 years, as a warning to other soldiers. Manning's lawyer suggested he get no more than 25.
141-a-13-(Sterling DeRamus (dih-RAY'-muhs), military law expert at Tully Rinckey and retired Navy Reserve captain, in AP interview)-"to the WikiLeaks"-Military law expert Sterling DeRamus finds it surprising that the judge gave Bradley Manning such a long prison term. (21 Aug 2013)
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138-c-14-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"rebuild his life"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports a military judge has sentenced Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison in the WikiLeaks case. (21 Aug 2013)
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139-c-20-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"in U.S. history"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports the sentencing comes three years after Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq. (21 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO MDPS111: In this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, second from right, is escorted out of a courtroom after receiving a sentence of 35 years in prison for leaking classified materials to WikiLeaks in a hearing in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/William Hennessy) NO TV, NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES, LOCALS OUT (21 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO MDPS110: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps into a security vehicle outside of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, after receiving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (21 Aug 2013)
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