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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