Bradley Manning Receives 35-Year Prison Sentence


Bradley Manning, the whistleblower who leaked military documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

As the Atlantic points out, this sentence “far exceeds any punishments related to the misconduct he revealed.” For example, the Abu Ghraib torturers all received sentences of fewer than 10 years, and others involved in torture had charges dropped altogether.

Several sources also report that Manning actually identifies as a woman, which would make the decades in prison even more difficult.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →