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WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information

US soldier Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted of handing over secret government documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Manning was sentenced for giving the anti-secrecy group more than 700,000 US military and diplomatic documents and battlefield video documenting civilian deaths.

The military judge at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, convicted the soldier last month of 20 offences, including six violations of the Espionage Act.

He could have been sentenced to 90 years in prison.

The 25-year-old took the stand during his sentencing hearing earlier this month, apologising for the turmoil his actions had caused and for the damage they had inflicted on the interests of the United States.

Prosecutors had called Manning an anarchist computer hacker and attention-seeking traitor. The soldier's supporters have hailed him as a whistleblower.

Prosecutors also asked for at least 60 years behind bars. Manning's lawyer suggested no more than 25, because by then, some of the documents Manning leaked will be declassified.

Former CIA director David Petraeus handed two years’ probation and a $100K fine for leaking classified information 

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