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Judge expected to deliberate Bradley Manning's sentence length

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 00:41

Aug. 20 - Military judge to deliberate the length of Bradley Manning's sentence, likely to be served in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Lawyers ask judge not to 'rob him of his youth'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT -- NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: A U.S. military judge will deliberate Tuesday the fate of the soldier held responsible for the largest leak of classified information in the nation's history. Monday, prosecutors recommended Bradley Manning receive a 60 year sentence for betraying his country. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for giving the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks more than 700,000 U.S. military and diplomatic documents and battlefield video documenting civilian deaths. His defense suggested any prison term imposed shouldn't exceed 25 years, saying the classification of some of the leaked documents expires in 25 years. The 25-year-old Manning leaked documents including Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables while working in as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. Manning's trial is winding down at the same time the United States is seeking the return of Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who disclosed details of a number of secret U.S. programs that included monitoring Americans' telephone and Internet traffic. Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia. Manning has won support from some Americans for his acts, with one rights group saying he should be a candidate for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier this year, Manning pleaded guilty to lesser charges but military prosecutors continued their effort to convict him on more serious counts. Manning addressed the court last Wednesday, telling the judge he was "sorry" for his actions.

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Judge expected to deliberate Bradley Manning's sentence length

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 00:41