miss_millions US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison this morning after being convicted of 20 counts related to his leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, which consisted mostly of diplomatic cables. (He escaped conviction on the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy.”) In addition, he will also forfeit all of his pay and allowances, have his rank reduced to private, and be dishonorably discharged.

A reporter present at the hearing said that Manning showed no reaction as the sentence was read, but audible gasps came from spectators in the court gallery.

As Manning was escorted from the courtroom by armed guards, a small group of supporters shouted, “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley!” and “You’re our hero!” The sentence will no doubt be a disappointment to Army prosecutors who wanted a stiffer sentence. Indeed, during closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors requested a sentence of at least 60 years. Prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow told the court that “there may not be a soldier in the history of the Army who displayed such extreme disregard” for his mission.     

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