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Wikileaker Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in United States history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday. The 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst gave the WikiLeaks website more than 700,000 documents in early 2010, including US Embassy cables. The leaked information endangered lives and interfered with the government’s diplomatic efforts, prosecutors said. The maximum sentence possible was 90 years. Prosecutors had asked that he be given 60 years, while the defense sought a 25-year sentence. He will be given credit for time served, which is about three-and-a-half years. The judge also reduced his rank, gave him a dishonorable discharge, and ruled that he would forfeit all pay. Last month, Manning was acquitted on a charge of aiding the enemy, which carried a possible life sentence. He was found guilty on five counts of violating the Espionage Act and five counts of theft. Once his case has been reviewed, it will automatically be sent to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, according to reports. The continuing process through the military legal system is expected to be a lengthy one. Manning is eligible for parole in roughly nine years. (WIRED)(National Public Radio)

Wikileaks Debuts Online Library of US Diplomatic Information

Wikileaks has published online more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s that were already declassified and available from the US government. They are archived in searchable form, which observers say makes the digitized information more accessible. The documents are in the Wikileaks’ Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which includes diplomatic cables, intelligence reports, and congressional correspondence from 1973 to 1976, many written to or sent from Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state and national security adviser. Several media outlets have said this is a sign of Wikileaks editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange getting soft. “Not so long ago, Wikileaks represented the world’s most radical group of investigative journalists. Lately, Julian Assange’s organization has been acting more like radical librarians,” Forbes noted. “The shift towards older documents may be a result in part of Wikileaks’ lack of an anonymous submission system since late 2010.” In the past, government officials and others accused Assange of irresponsibly releasing secret documents, saying this could cause serious national security and other problems. Assange has said releasing such original documents is important so that individuals can see some of the hidden, harmful things their governments are doing. (BBC)(Forbes)(The International Business Times)(The Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD))

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