Wednesday morning, the soon to be dishonorably discharged Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Manning has been convicted with 20 counts including espionage against the U.S. and theft of 700,000 classified U.S. documents, military videos and political cable which he released to WikiLeaks, an international, online, non-profit organization which publishes secret information. The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange then leaked the classified information to the public.
In 2010, Manning worked in Iraq for the government as an army intelligence analyst and was upset by the privileged documentation he was privy to during his tenure. He felt it was his mission to warn the people of the wrongs occurring in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The military states Mannings’ actions in identifying his classified findings put the American people at risk. Although, Manning’s supporters, who have deemed him a whistle blower for his heroics to the country, feel his actions were warranted in informing society of what he saw as political wrongs.
The attorneys for Manning requested leniency for their client stating that due to his gender-identity disorder and personal troubles, he was incapable in serving in the military.
After serving one third of his 25 year sentence, Manning will be eligible for parole, less the 112 days he has already spent in custody.
Written by Lisa Graziano