Shortly after Manning was sentenced, his attorney said he would ask the government for clemency. Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, said on Wednesday he would file a request early next week with the Department of the Army with the hope of making its way to the President, asking him either to pardon Manning or commute his sentence to time served.
"The time for the President to protect whistleblowers rather than punishing them is now. The time for the President to pardon Manning is now," Coombs said at a news conference.
"I only wanted to help people. If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society," Manning, 25, said in a statement issued by his attorney.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing that if Manning sought a presidential pardon, his request would be considered and processed like any other application for clemency.
"There's a process for pardon applications or clemency applications, I believe they're called. I'm not going to get ahead of that process. If there is an application that's filed by Manning or his attorneys, that application will be considered in that process like any other application," White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq.
He faced up to 90 years of imprisonment. However, he was acquitted of the most serious charge - "aiding the enemy".  The files that he shared with WikiLeaks were posted on its website, revealing to the world some of the top secrets of the US Government, causing embarrassment to the Obama Administration.

Manning jail term

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq.
The US military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, said that Manning was dishonourably discharged from the service. The US Government had asked for 60 years of imprisonment. "There is value in deterrence, your honour; this court must send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information," said Captain Joe Morrow, a military prosecutor.
"National security crimes that undermine the entire system must be taken seriously," he said.
During the trial, Manning addressed the court and apologized for his actions, saying he was "sorry that I hurt" the United States. He will receive credits for the 1,293 days he has spent behind bars so far. He was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq.

Manning's family calls verdict disappointing

The family of Manning says they are saddened and disappointed in the 35-year sentence he received for giving troves of military and government secrets to WikiLeaks.
Manning's attorney David Coombs read a statement from the family on Wednesday during a news conference.
The statement from the family said Manning's intentions were good and he believed he was acting in the best interest of the US. They also thanked his defense team and supporters around the world and said the fight was not over.
Manning's uncle Kevin Fox told a news channel that the soldier shouldn't have been given any time at all and he called him a hero. Fox is Welsh, like Manning's mother, who is reportedly in poor health.

Russia denounces Manning sentence

Russia called the 35-year sentence "unjustifiably harsh" and accused the United States of double standards.
The Russian foreign ministry's human rights representative argued that "when US interests are at stake, as was the case with Bradley Manning, the American justice system adopts unjustifiably harsh decisions ... without any regard for human rights."
Russia bristles at US condemnations of its own human rights record under President Vladimir Putin and has recently angered Washington by issuing temporary asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
The foreign ministry's human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov told Interfax that "such a display of double standards (by Washington) ... once again undermines the United States' claim of being a leader" on human rights.

Manning verdict a 'tactical victory': Wikileaks' Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hailed the sentencing of the website's source Manning as a "significant tactical victory", saying the US soldier could serve as little as one-sixth of his 35-year jail term.

In a statement issued from London where he has spent a year in the Ecuadoran embassy trying to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations, Assange said there would be "thousand more Bradley Mannings".
Assange accused the United States of trying to set an example by its treatment of Manning, who supplied anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks with hundreds of thousands of confidential US documents.
Assange said Manning had been given a minimum sentence of 5.2 years and that the "hard-won minimum term represents a significant tactical victory for Bradley Manning's defense, campaign team and supporters."
The Australian did not explain how he calculated the minimum sentence. He added, "While the defence should be proud of their tactical victory, it should be remembered that Manning's trial and conviction is an affront to basic concepts of Western justice."
Assange called on donors and supporters to continue backing the US army private while his defence team tried to further reduce his sentence.
"Manning's treatment has been intended to send a signal to people of conscience in the US government who might seek to bring wrongdoing to light. This strategy has spectacularly backfired, as recent months have proven," Assange said.
"Instead, the Obama administration is demonstrating that there is no place in its system for people of conscience and principle. As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings."
WikiLeaks recently lent its support to Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) consultant who passed secret documents to Britain's Guardian newspaper. Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia as he flees a US bid to prosecute him.
WikiLeaks shot to international prominence in 2010 when it began publishing the documents from Manning, who was a junior intelligence analyst at a US base near Baghdad at the time.
Assange has been stuck in Ecuador's embassy in London for more than a year. He has said the allegations of sexual assault are a pretext to get him sent to the United States to face trial there.


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