Bradley Manning will request pardon from Pres. Obama over 35-year jail sentence. Manning says "It's okay -- I'm going to get through this" after [corrupted] military judge hands down stiff penalty for [US war crimes] disclosures to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks whistleblower site.
|Lawyer says he will formally submit pardon request next week (Patrick Semansky/AP)|
Bradley Manning will send a personal plea to Barack Obama next week for a presidential pardon after he was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in prison for passing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks.
The sentence was more severe than many observers expected, and is much longer than any punishment given to previous US government officials who have leaked information to the media.
Manning showed no emotion, neither when the sentence was delivered, nor after being escorted into a side room, where his lawyers and members of his family were waiting, some of them in tears.
"Everyone in his defense team was emotional, including myself," his lawyer, David Coombs, told the Guardian. "The only person that wasn't emotional was Brad. He looked to us and said: "It's okay. I'm going to move forward and I'm going to be all right.'" More
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