Bradley Manning sentenced to 35-year imprisonment
The U.S. soldier Bradley Manning was convicted of the biggest disclosure of classified data in the nation’s history by leaking files to WikiLeaks and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
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 defence 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.
Manning in 2010 turned over more than 700,000 classifiedfiles, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks,a pro transparency website. He was working as a low-level intelligence analyst in Baghdad when he handed over the documents thereby catapulting WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange into the international spotlight.