Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Hamas and Israel sustain fire despite missed targets

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Legal challenge to French mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

Americas

US prosecutors seek 60-year prison sentence for Manning

© AFP

Video by Stephen Carroll

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-20

US prosecutors are asking for a 60-year prison sentence to be handed down to US soldier Bradley Manning, who leaked a huge collection of classified documents to Wikileaks. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, will start deliberations at 9am on Tuesday.

An American military judge will begin on Tuesday to deliberate the sentence she will hand down to the American soldier Bradley Manning for leaking classified material to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking over 700,000 U.S. military and diplomatic documents and battlefield video footage showing the brutal killing of civilians.

The judge in Manning’s court martial, Col. Denise Lind, found him guilty in July of 20 criminal charges, which carry a possible prison sentence of up to 90 years. Yet she found him not guilty of the most serious charge - aiding the enemy - which could have carried a penalty of life in prison without parole.

On Monday, a prosecutor said Manning should spend 60 years in prison because he betrayed the US by giving classified material to WikiLeaks.

But his defence attorney suggested any prison term shouldn't exceed 25 years because the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years.

The prosecutor, Captain Joe Morrow, admonished Manning, who "took an oath and he knowingly broke it."

"He's been convicted of serious crimes,'' Morrow said. "He betrayed the United States and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement.''

Prosecutors also asked the judge to fine Manning $100,000, reduce his rank to private and give him a dishonorable discharge.

But defence attorney David Coombs said Manning, who was 21 when he enlisted in 2007, had limited experience in life and in the military. His youthful idealism contributed to his belief that he could change the way the world viewed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all future wars, by leaking the secret files, Coombs said.

"Perhaps his biggest crime was that he cared about the loss of life and that he couldn't ignore it," defence attorney David Coombs said during closing arguments of the sentencing part of Manning's court martial.

Coombs also said the government's proposed sentence means the prosecution is only interested in punishment - having Manning "rotting in a jail cell'' - and does not aim for rehabilitation. He urged the judge to hand down a sentence that "allows him to have a life'' one day.

"This is a young man who is capable of being redeemed,'' he said, adding, ''we should not rob him of his youth."

According to defence testimony during the trial, military supervisors ignored bizarre acts by Manning that included trying to grab a gun during a counseling session. Defense attorneys had argued that such actions showed Manning was not fit for duty overseas.

Manning took the stand last week and apologised for hurting his country, pleading with the judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

Family members and a psychologist testified for the defence, saying the soldier felt extreme mental pressure in the military because of his gender-identity disorder during the "don't ask, don't tell'' era.

Coombs also presented evidence that Manning's unit needed intelligence analysts so badly that a supervisor failed to report to commanders his concerns about Manning's deteriorating mental health.

Such a report could have prevented Manning from being deployed or resulted in his top-secret security clearance being revoked.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-08-20

  • USA

    Bradley Manning sorry for 'hurting the United States'

    Read more

  • USA

    Manning guilty of espionage, not of 'aiding the enemy'

    Read more

  • USA

    WikiLeaks suspect Manning formally charged

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)