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Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced Wednesday morning in the WikiLeaks case. Accused of leaking more than 700,000 confidential government documents to WikiLeaks, Manning has carried out the largest leak in American history.
The soldier faces up to 90 years in prison for his actions, but has technically already served three years since he has been in custody. Manning is working with his lawyers to begin a clemency process that could reduce his prison sentence, but he likely won't be eligible for that until he has completed 30 years of his sentence.
According to The New York Times, Manning avoided a potentially worse sentence after being acquitted of the government accusal of him assisting the enemy. Prosecutors have made it evident that Manning is being used as an example to deter people from committing such crimes in the future.
According to Reuters, Manning's lawyers have asked the judge not to rob Manning, 25, of his youth.
Private Manning will have the opportunity to have his sentence sent to the Army Court of Appeals for reconsideration. Seven leaking incidents have been reported during the Obama Administration, with the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden being the most recent.
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