4:08pm Wednesday 21st August 2013
A US solider with family in Milford Haven has been sentenced to 35 years by a military judge following a court martial where he was accused of leaking confidential army information to whistleblower website Wikileaks.
Bradley Manning, 25, who attended school in Haverfordwest for a number of years, was facing a sentence of up to 90 years after being convicted of a number offences relating to the leaking of military information, including six violations of the Espionage Act.
Bradley was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge he faced.
A sentence hearing has continued for a several weeks and Col Denise Lind, presiding over the case, announced that Bradley would be imprisoned for 35 years as the Milford Mercury went to press. Bradley’s defence David Coombs had asked the judge not to give a sentence of more than 25 years.
“This is a young man who is capable of being redeemed. We should not rob him of his youth,” he said.
Bradley will be credited with the 1,294 days he spent in pre-trial confinement plus an additional 112 days.
He will have to serve a third of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Bradley’s mother, from Haverfordwest, spoke publically for the first time recently and admitted she was unlikely to see her son again as ill health prevents her from travelling from Pembrokeshire to visit him in the USA.
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