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Soldier Convicted Of Espionage Sentenced Today

Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was found guilty of 20 offenses, including seven specifications of wrongful possession and transmission of national defense information

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. – Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced today by a general court-martial to 35 years confinement; reduction to the rank of private (E-1); dishonorable discharge; and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Presiding judge Col. Denise Lind, granted credit for time served of 1,182 days for pre-trial confinement and 112 days additional pre-trial confinement credit.

Manning was tried and sentenced by military judge alone pursuant to his request. Manning had pled guilty to 10 separate offenses but was ultimately found guilty of 20 offenses, including seven specifications of wrongful possession and transmission of national defense information, five specifications of theft of government information, two specifications of unauthorized access to a government computer and wrongful possession and transmission of protected government information, five specifications of violation of lawful regulations related to his computer use and storage of classified information, and one specification of wrongful publication of U.S. intelligence information.

The court martial is now in the "post-trial" and appellate phase in which the government will compile a complete and accurate record of the trial and review the findings and sentence. Manning has the right to petition the convening authority for clemency during the "post-trial" phase.

Media queries may be emailed to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.mediadesk-omb@mail.mil.

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