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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 6:32 pm

The Army enlisted man who stole secret information from the government and leaked that data to the anti-secrecy WikiLeaks was dishonorably discharged, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Pfc. Bradley Manning is still hopeful of a pardon from the president, but that is unlikely.

He was convicted last month of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act. He was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, which could have meant life in prison and no parole. His plea for a soft sentence was on the basis of “I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people.”

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