Bradley Manning is escorted to court for his sentencing
hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US Army prosecutors have urged a military judge to
sentence Bradley Manning to at least 60 years in prison for
leaking secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of
classified data in US history.
"He betrayed the United States," Captain Joe Morrow argued in
closing statements in the sentencing part of Manning's
court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland. "For that betrayal he
deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in
Manning, a 25-year-old private first class, was found guilty
in July of 20 criminal counts tied to the leaking of more
than 700,000 classified files, videos and diplomatic cables.
He faces the possibility of a maximum 90 years in prison.
Defense attorneys were due to address the court later today.
They have contended that Manning was naive but
well-intentioned in handing over documents to the
Sentencing could come this week or next in the case that
catapulted WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, into
the world spotlight.
Manning was found not guilty of the most serious charge,
aiding the enemy, which carried the possibility of life in
prison without parole.
Manning was assigned to an Army base in Iraq in 2010 when he
handed over the files. Last Wednesday, he apologized to the
court for his actions and said he understood that he "must
pay a price."