And not forever.
Bradley Manning to get 35 Years:
A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.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 in prison.According to the military, Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.The government had asked Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, to sentence Manning to 60 years. “There is value in deterrence, your honor; this court must send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information,” said Capt. Joe Morrow, a military prosecutor. “National security crimes that undermine the entire system must be taken seriously.”Defense lawyer David Coombs portrayed Manning as a well-intentioned but isolated soldier with gender identification issues, and he asked Lind to impose “a sentence that allows him to have a life.”“He cares about human life,” said Coombs as the sentencing phase of the court-martial at Fort Meade ended last week. “His biggest crime was he cared about the loss of life he was seeing and was struggling with it.”Manning also addressed the court and apologized for his actions, saying he was “sorry that I hurt the United States.”Manning will receive a credit of 1,293 days for the time he has been confined prior to the sentence, including 112 days of credit for abusive treatment he was subjected to in the brig at the Quantico Marine Base....
There is nothing here for anyone to celebrate, unless you are the sort who must simplify everyone involved down to stick figures and dumb every motive down to two-dimensional cartoons bubbles.
For my part, I'm going to open Herman Melville's "Billy Budd, Foretopman"
and contemplate the difference between Fairness, Justice and the Law.