Editor’s Note: The judge in Pfc Bradley Manning’s whistleblower case has lowered his potential maximum sentence, as if 90 years or 136 years or a million years makes any difference to the 25-year-old likely spending the rest of his life behind bars for what he felt was doing his duty to the American people.
Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but it has created a dangerous precedent on government accountability and a chilling effect on whistleblowers everywhere. It is meant to.
This is the country we live in now. Does this make you feel safer?
Does this serve the interest of justice? Who’s interest? What justice?
August 7, 2013
A military judge on Tuesday scaled back the maximum time that Bradley Manning could serve behind bars, from 136 years to 90 years, after ruling that many of his charges were related enough to be combined.
Defense attorneys hailed the decision, The Associated Press reported. They had fought for their client, an Army private, to receive a maximum of 80 years in jail.
The cut doesn’t mean Manning will get out any time soon, however. The 25-year-old will more than likely spend the remainder of his life behind bars at one of the nation’s most notoriously tough prisons, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, AP said.