WikiLeaks soldier jailed

US soldier Bradley Manning has been jailed for 35 years for giving WikiLeaks more than 700,000 US military and diplomatic documents. The site's founder Julian Assange has hailed Manning's sentence as a "tactical victory."

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Bradley Manning's lawyer calls for presidential pardon

Bradley Manning's lawyer has announced he is to formally request that US President Barack Obama pardons his client.

Bradley Manning's solicitor David Coombs.

Speaking at a news conference after Manning was handed a 35-year sentence, David Coombs said: "The time to end Bradley Manning's suffering is now.

"The time for our president to focus on protecting whistle-blowers instead of punishing them, is now. The time for our president to pardon Bradley Manning is now."

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Assange hails Manning's sentence a 'tactical victory'

Julian Assange has hailed a "significant tactical victory" in the case of Bradley Manning after the former US soldier was handed a 35-year sentence.

In a statement, he said: "While the defence should be proud of their tactical victory, it should be remembered that Mr Manning’s trial and conviction is an affront to basic concepts of Western justice...

Julian Assange has released a statement following the sentencing of Bradley Manning. Credit: Press Association

"Mr Manning’s treatment has been intended to send a signal to people of conscience in the US government who might seek to bring wrongdoing to light. This strategy has spectacularly backfired, as recent months have proven.

"Instead, the Obama administration is demonstrating that there is no place in its system for people of conscience and principle. As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings."

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Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Bradley Manning arrives to receive his sentence at Fort Meade in Maryland, US. Credit: Reuters

US soldier Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of espionage, theft and other charges in the biggest leak of classified information in American history.

He was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of the charges against him.

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