General Upholds Manning's Prison Sentence In WikiLeaks Case
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[April 15, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A U.S. Army
general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former
soldier's 35-year prison sentence for providing secret files to
WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history,
the Army said Monday.
Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the
findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the
case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said.
The soldier, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was working as an
intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave the
pro-transparency site WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos,
diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts.
The trove included a 2007 video of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing
at suspected insurgents in Iraq, killing a dozen people, including
two Reuters news staffers.
Manning pleaded guilty to 10 charges but was convicted last year on
20 counts, including espionage and theft.
She was found not guilty of the most serious charge, aiding the
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Manning's request for leniency followed an application for a
presidential pardon filed last September, where her defense team
maintained that she had released information to the media for the
Manning's sentence was the longest ever handed down for turning over
secrets to the media.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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