Bradley Manning is a US soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified military material to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Assigned to an army unit based near Baghdad, Manning had access to databases used by the military to transmit classified information. He was charged with 22 offences by the US government, including those of communicating national defence information to an unauthorised source and aiding the enemy. A military judge on July 30 2013 acquitted Manning of the most serious charge against him, aiding the enemy, but convicted him of most of the other charges including espionage, theft and computer fraud.
Bradley Manning is among the most polarising of all whistle-blowers. That the former US soldier is a criminal there is no doubt, but his theft of more than 700,000 classified documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and his passing of them to the website WikiLeaks also makes him to some a hero, to others an enemy of the state.
Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the US soldier said yesterday, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for the biggest leak of classified material in US history.
Bradley Manning, the US soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history by providing files to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday.
They argued that his leaks of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website in 2010 severely damaged US intelligence operations and made a mockery of the nation's diplomatic missions.
US soldier Bradley Manning took the stand at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologised for hurting his country. He pleaded with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
The military judge who last week convicted soldier Bradley Manning of committing the biggest breach of classified data in US history through WikiLeaks has trimmed the maximum prison sentence Manning could face.
Lurking just behind a military court's conviction of Private Bradley Manning … is a national-security apparatus that has metastasised into a vast and largely unchecked exercise of government secrecy and the overzealous prosecution of those who breach it.
A former US Army intelligence expert who investigated the fallout from the handover of classified files to WikiLeaks by Bradley Manning said no one named in the Afghan war logs had been killed.
Sreeram Chaulia says the conviction of US military whistle-blower Bradley Manning on spying charges for telling the truth makes a mockery of justice.
The successful prosecution of Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration's aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media - including Edward Snowden - say US legal scholars.
A US military judge on Tuesday acquitted former US intelligence analyst Bradley Manning of the most serious charge against him, aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges for giving thousands of classified secrets to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.
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