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U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was responsible for delivering hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
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In January 2013, the judge in Manning's case ruled that his imprisonment had been unduly harsh and gave him a sentencing credit.
Manning was charged with leaking classified information in June 2010. In March 2011, additional charges were added. These included the charge of aiding the enemy, as the information Manning had leaked had been accessible to Al Qaeda.
In February 2013, Manning pleaded guilty to storing and leaking military information. He explained that his actions had been intended to encourage debate, not to harm the United States. He continued to plead not guilty to several other charges, so his court martial proceeded. On July 30, Manning was found guilty of twenty counts, including espionage, theft and computer fraud. However, the judge ruled he was not guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge Manning had faced.
The maximum sentence for Manning's convictions would be 136 years, but few legal experts believe he will receive that long a term. His sentencing hearing began on July 31, 2013. With numerous witnesses scheduled to be called, the proceeding is expected to take weeks. As Manning also has access to an appeals process, a final verdict on his case will not be available for years. Still, it is likely that he will remain in prison for decades.
As well as being an embarrassment to the U.S. government, the Obama administration has stated that military and diplomatic sources were endangered by Manning's leaks. Even with Manning's conviction, the debate continues as to whether he shared dangerous intelligence or if he was a whistleblower who received too harsh a punishment.
On August 21, 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. According to the military judge who ordered the sentence, Manning will not be eligible for parole until he completes one-third of the sentence, minus 3.5 years of time served.
According to The New York Times, Manning was dishonorably discharged (as stated by Judge Denise Lind), reduced in rank and forced to foreit all pay.
Manning announced just days after his sentencing that he was transgendered. "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible," Manning said in a statement, according to CBS News. Unfortunately for Manning, the army has refused him hormone therapy or any other type of treatment to help Manning with his transition from male to female.
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