Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents, was sentenced by a military judge Wednesday to 35 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
The sentence was imposed by Army Col. Denise Lind in a courtroom here. Manning will be eligible for parole and could be out in a little more than a decade.
Lind ordered Manning be given a reduction in rank, and that he forfeit all military pay and benefits.
The judge had already ordered that the three and a half years Manning has spent in custody be applied to his sentence. That credit and good behavior could cut Manning’s prison time dramatically.
Manning, 25, a former Army intelligence analyst, has said he was disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” when he released the documents, including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables, to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks in 2010.