Army Private Bradley Manning was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for leaking information to the whistleblower website Wikileaks, reports The New York Times. Manning will be eligible for parole in nine years in addition to being demoted to the lowest rank possible, having his pay forfeited and having being dishonorably discharged.
There has been a massive response on Twitter.
The US will never be able to lecture world again about the value of transparency and press freedoms without triggering a global laughing fit
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 21, 2013
“Sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers & a free press for a fully informed public debate." https://t.co/0XXWZ1V6rj
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) August 21, 2013
Convicted criminal hacker Adrian Lamo, who turned in Pfc. Bradley Manning, offers no reaction after Manning sentenced to 35 years jail.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 21, 2013
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) August 21, 2013
BREAKING: Bradley Manning spared from ever having to read any of Glenn Greenwald's painfully self-righteous tweets
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 21, 2013
Bradley Manning will serve more years in prison than all other convicted leakers and whistleblowers combined. What a travesty.
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) August 21, 2013
A selfie of Bradley Manning in a wig and make-up made its way to the internet while his gender-identity crisis is discussed in court.Click here to read more
Manning sentence seems proportionate to light. Seen tweets saying he may only serve another 8.5 years. Reflects mental ill-health probably.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 21, 2013
#BREAKING: Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years Longer Than Any Wall Street Crook So Far
— Eric Wolfson (@ericwolfson) August 21, 2013
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) August 21, 2013
The news of Bradley Manning's sentencing is devastating. If our own can't speak up about injustice who will? How will we ever move forward?