US Army upholds Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence

Private Manning is escorted into court to receive his sentence at Fort Meade in Maryland Credit: Reuters

A United States Army general has ignored claims for clemency in upholding Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for handing over classified military and government documents to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

The US Army military district of Washington has released a statement saying that Major General Jeffery Buchanan has taken 'final action' in the court-martial of the former intelligence analyst.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offences for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.

As commander of the military jurisdiction in which Private Manning's trial was held, General Buchanan could have reduced the court martial findings.