Military prosecutors seek at least 60 years for Manning

CNN Security Clearance

By Paul Courson

Army private Bradley Manning acted as a “determined insider” in leaking a trove of classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should spend a minimum of 60 years in jail, a military prosecutor said at his sentencing hearing on Monday.

Capt. Joe Morrow told Col. Denise Lind, the judge overseeing the former intelligence analyst’s court-martial, that such punishment for the historic and unauthorized release of hundreds of thousands of documents and other information to WikiLeaks would ensure that “we never see a number like this again.”

Defense attorney David Coombs portrayed Manning as an excellent candidate for rehabilitation, and that he should not be left to “rot in jail.”

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