He betrayed the United States. For that betrayal he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in prison.Captain Joe Morrow • During his closing statements, on behalf of the prosecution in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, which also included a call for the presiding judge Colonel Denise Lind to send Manning to jail for at least 60 years. Col. Lind has already ruled out the possibility of any sentence longer than 90 years, despite the fact that the accumulated charges against Pfc. Manning technically qualify him for up to 136 years behind bars, but has given no other indicator of what to expect from the sentence when it arrivess either this week or next. source
Pfc. Bradley Manning • In a brief statement, delivered before Judge Col. Denise Lind during the sentencing phase of Manning’s trial. Pfc. Manning was found guilty on 20 of the 21 charges brought against him by prosecutors, for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks back in 2010, and faces up to 90 years in prison if given the maximum penalty for each count. A sentence is expected to be handed down sometime next week. (ht Ars Technica) source
I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. Although a considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions.
I understood what I was doing, and decisions I made. However, I did not fully appreciate the broader effects of my actions.
Those factors are clear to me now, through both self-refection during my confinement in various forms, and through the merits and sentencing testimony that I have seen here.
I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people.
Normally, these games are not played. You hand over discovery and let the facts speak. You don’t play hide the ball, and that’s what the government’s been doing.David Coombs, Attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning • Accusing prosecutors not only of failing to disclose, but actively working to prevent the disclosure of information and evidence that could be vital to Manning’s legal team and defense. Yesterday, during a hearing at Fort Meade, military judge Colonel Denise Lind gave prosecutors until July 25 to provide Manning’s lawyers with a “due diligence statement” outlining the steps they’ve taken to disclose information over the last two years. In addition, Colonel Lind demanded that the CIA, FBI, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, state department, and other government agencies hand over any/all “damage assessments” related to the crimes Manning stands accused of. source (via • follow)
» What could happen to Manning? The man who allegedly gave Wikileaks its biggest coup could face the death penalty if convicted in his case — though the Army’s prosecutors have made it clear that they will not ask for that. Among the people who have testified against Manning: Jihrleah Showman, a former team leader of Manning’s who claims he once punched her in the face, and Adrian Lamo, the “grey hat” hacker who gained infamy in some circles for turning Manning in to federal authorities.