UPDATE: WikiLeaks have called Bradley Manning's sentence a "significant strategic victory", adding that he will be "elegible (sic) for release in less than 9 years".


Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of distributing more than 700,000 confidential government documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Judge Colonel Denise Lind, who convicted Manning in July of 19 charges, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917, delivered the sentence at a hearing in Fort Meade in Maryland on Wednesday morning (EST).

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Manning was sentenced to 35 years behind bars

The 25-year-old Private, who oversaw the largest leak of secret information in American history while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, is likely to spend much of his incarceration at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The judge did not break down the sentence by individual charge in line with the U.S. court martial process; Manning did not give a statement following the sentencing.

Following delivery of the sentence, Manning was bustled out of court by military police. One supporter shouted: "We'll keep fighting for you, Bradley."


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The sentencing ends three years of speculation over the fate of Manning, who for many has become a heroic figure and a symbol of truth and transparency against the clandestine misdeeds of the American administration during the Iraq War.

Amnesty International, which has campaigned relentlessly for Manning's release, issued an immediate statement demanding the sentence be commuted.

Widney Brown, senior director of international law and policy at Amnesty International, said: "Bradley Manning acted on the belief that he could spark a meaningful public debate on the costs of war, and specifically on the conduct of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US government should turn its attention to investigating and delivering justice for the serious human rights abuses committed by its officials in the name of countering terror."

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Manning is now expected to take his sentence to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, having retained lawyer David Coombs to aid him through the clemency process in an effort to shorten his sentence. However, Manning is unlikely to be eligible for parole until he has served at least a third of his sentence. That means he will spend at least ten years in prison.

During Monday's closing argument, the prosecution asked for at least 60 years for Manning, arguing that the private had placed lives at risk, while the defence pleaded for leniency, arguing that Manning could still have a productive life.

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    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial on August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning wears handcuffs as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, before a sentencing hearing in his court martial. The military judge overseeing Manning's trial said she will announce on Wednesday his sentence for giving reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (C) is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial on August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial on August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial on August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial on August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Military Judge Sentences Bradley Manning

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 21: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for his sentencing at military court facility for the sentencing phase of his trial August 21, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning wears handcuffs as he is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps into a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a hearing in his court martial. A U.S. military judge is expected to announce her sentencing decision Wednesday in Manning's role in leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, before a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor recommended in closing arguments Monday that Manning should spend 60 years in prison for giving classified material to WikiLeaks. A U.S. military judge was set to deliberate the sentence of Manning on Tuesday for the largest leak of classified information in the country's history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, before a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor recommended in closing arguments Monday that Manning should spend 60 years in prison for giving classified material to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, before a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor recommended in closing arguments Monday that Manning should spend 60 years in prison for giving classified material to WikiLeaks. A U.S. military judge was set to deliberate the sentence of Manning on Tuesday for the largest leak of classified information in the country's history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted from a security vehicle into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, before a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor recommended in closing arguments Monday that Manning should spend 60 years in prison for giving classified material to WikiLeaks. A U.S. military judge was set to deliberate the sentence of soldier Bradley Manning on Tuesday for the largest leak of classified information in the country's history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Sentencing Awaiting In Bradley Manning Trial

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 20: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court facility during the sentencing phase of his trial August 20, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Sentencing Awaiting In Bradley Manning Trial

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 20: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court facilityƊduring the sentencing phase of his trial August 20, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Sentencing Awaiting In Bradley Manning Trial

    FORT MEADE, MD - AUGUST 20: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court facilityƊduring the sentencing phase of his trial August 20, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    In this July 30, 2013 photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Few Americans in living memory have emerged from obscurity to become such polarizing public figures _ admired by many around the world, fiercely denigrated by many in his homeland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Bradley Manning

    In this July 30, 2013 photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Few Americans in living memory have emerged from obscurity to become such polarizing public figures _ admired by many around the world, fiercely denigrated by many in his homeland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)