The US soldier found guilty of leaking a stash of top-secret government documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has been sentenced to 35 years in jail.
US soldier Bradley Manning, 25, was convicted of 20 charges last month, which included espionage. However, he was not found guilty of aiding the enemy as some had expected.
His 35-year sentence is a far cry from the 90-year maximum sentence and 60 years that prosecutors had asked for. Manning's sentence will be reduced by almost four years following his three-and-a-half-year wait for trial and another 112 days as compensation for the treatment he received when he was initially arrested.
Judge Col Denise Lind also said that Manning would be dishonourably discharged and would forfeit some of his pay.
Manning became a household name in 2010 when he was identified as the source of a huge trove of government intelligence relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the full stash posted publicly on WikiLeaks.
The leader of the Pirate Party in the UK, Loz Kaye, who has long supported Manning, said: "It is a travesty that he has been found guilty of espionage under a law from the end of World War I with no defence of public interest. Being sentenced to decades in jail, is an attack on journalists' sources and the right to know what is being done in our name."
Upon Manning's conviction, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently taking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, said on CNN: "We call those types of people that are willing to risk being a martyr for all the rest of us, we call those people heroes. Bradley Manning is a hero."
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