Bradley Manning: "Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society"
- uploaded: Aug 23, 2013
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- Army Private Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged for leaking more than 700,000 classified files and videos to WikiLeaks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and foreign policy. The sentence is much longer than any punishment given to previous government officials who have leaked information to the media. Manning could be released on parole in about seven years. In a statement released just after the sentencing, Manning has asked President Obama for a pardon. "When I chose to disclose classified information I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others," Manning said in a statement read by his attorney, David Coombs. "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."See more Democracy Now! coverage of Manning's case in our archive: Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,200+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch it live 8-9am ET at DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE:Facebook: : @democracynowSubscribe on YouTube: on SoundCloud: Daily Email News Digest: consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit