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Judge set to deliberate Manning's sentence

Tuesday - 8/20/2013, 9:38am  ET

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A prosecutor said Monday, Aug. 19, Manning should spend 60 years in prison because he betrayed the U.S. by giving classified material to WikiLeaks. The soldier’s defense attorney didn't recommend a specific punishment, but suggested any prison term shouldn't exceed 25 years because the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge is set to deliberate the sentence of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking troves of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Col. Denise Lind says she'll begin deliberating when the court-martial resumes Tuesday. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for giving the anti-secrecy group more than 700,000 U.S. military and diplomatic documents and some battlefield video documenting civilian deaths.

Prosecutors asked Monday for a 60-year prison sentence. They say Manning should spend most of his remaining years behind bars for disclosing secrets that endangered lives and cost the government money.

The defense has suggested Manning serve no more than 25 years. That's the expiration period for classification of some of the material he leaked.

Manning contends he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing.


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