Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, a military judge ruled today. Manning was convicted of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act, and faced up to 90 years in prison. The government had asked for a 60-year sentence to “send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information.” Manning will get 1,293 days credited toward his sentence for the time he has already spent in prison, including 112 days for being subjected to abusive treatment and solitary confinement. He'll have to serve one third of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.
Twitter responded vehemently in Bradley Manning's behalf when the sentence was handed down.