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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."

WikilLeaks: Manning sentence is 'strategic victory'

WikiLeaks tweeted that Bradley Manning's 35-year sentence was a "significant strategic victory" due to time in which the soldier could be released on parole.

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Significant strategic victory in Bradley Manning case. Bradley Manning now elegible for release in less than 9 years, 4.4 in one calculation

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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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US soldier Bradley Manning to be sentenced for leaks

Bradley Manning, 25, pictured during his trial. Credit: Reuters

A military judge is this afternoon due to sentence US soldier Bradley Manning, convicted last month of espionage charges.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for giving WikiLeaks more than 700,000 US military and diplomatic documents.

Last week: Manning apologises for 'hurting America'

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