Bradley Manning faces 130 years of imprisonment
Bradley Manning has been prosecuted by the U.S. government for being the whistleblower behind Wikileak’s publication of confidential State Department cables and video evidence of U.S. military attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the U.S. government’s case against him he was found guilty on 17 out of 22 charges that were brought against him.
Although the court did not find him guilty of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, he was found guilty of passing on information website WikiLeaks which was equivalent to passing it on to the enemy.
For this, he faces 130 years or more in prison owing to the remainder of the charges of which he was found to be guilty.
Other charges that he was found guilty off were wrongful and wanton publication of intelligence acts punishable under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts and stealing U.S. government property.
Who is Bradley Manning?
Bradley Manning is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy. He was convicted in July 2013 of most of the charges, including several violations of the Espionage Act, but was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge.