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They still intelligence community is that the headline the -- -- soldier Bradley Manning he was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
And that when he -- -- cases army private first class Manning as you know gave reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.
Joining me now to talk about this -- David polling is professor of law at Cornell law school -- see you professor.
Thank you for having me -- still be here good good good to have you let me ask you did military judge colonel Denise -- apply the appropriate punishment here we're talking about 35 years.
I think so I think it's up an appropriate punishment it certainly seems like.
From my perspective -- win for the defense because the defense was.
Asking for a 25 year sentence which they said equaled.
The amount of time to documents would have been classified anyway and they thought that was an appropriate length of sentence -- -- five years.
The prosecution wanted to sixty years -- -- and obviously.
The -- -- decided to split the difference but I have to say it seems like the judge came down more on the side of the defense because obviously 35 is a lot closer to 25 and sixty.
Right and -- used his last month to explain convicted Manning.
Twenty charges including espionage and that -- is she could have sentenced him to as many as ninety years in -- what you're talking about so.
All right many many as 25 years old.
Sixty years he'll be sixty years old when he gets out if he's here is full sentence.
You also be dishonorably charge discharge from the US military.
Before offered some page his -- will be reduced from two private he's now private first class will be reduced to a private.
And again improvising he's gonna be eligible for parole after serving a third of this sentence which is about eleven -- half years.
And he's already is you know -- A 112 days in prison so I ask you is this punishment enough to make someone else think twice about leaking classified documents.
I think it'll make people think twice.
And you know -- you're you're right in terms of your calculations.
The the sentence means they still be released from prison certainly before he's sixty years old you're right he's eligible for parole.
Much sooner than that but -- I think it's highly unlikely that he would get parole when he's eligible after a third of his sentence.
But with the reduction for time served because he's been in prison for quite some time.
Awaiting his trial and also you've got to prison reduction.
The unnecessarily harsh treatment that he suffered in prison for a period of time -- he'll certainly be out of prison before he -- before -- sixty.
And I think what the judge was doing here was saying this is someone who deserves a really substantial.
Prison sentence who needs him to go away from most of his life.
We need to send a message to.
Other members of the military we need to send a message to people in the armed security apparatus on to people like -- -- Snowden who might be.
You know computer analysts who have access to sensitive data that they can't be releasing such critical information and if they do the -- gonna come down incredibly hard on them.
But at the same time I think the judge was also saying that we need to draw some careful distinctions here we need to draw a distinction.
Between someone like Bradley Manning and someone who's a trader was deliberately providing information like a critical weapons system to the -- -- of the Chinese helping them to.
You know in the Cold War era helping them to bill ballistic missiles or or designed -- weapons there's a distinction between that hypothetical individual and Bradley Manning.
I'm sure you will have a lot to discuss with your law students regarding this case you break it down.
Quite nicely but you know students are very inquisitive so they'll be shooting lots of questions back.
At New Hampshire -- it again I think it'll make for great discussion there at Cornell law school when -- school classes resume by the way.
-- classes resume right now for our via international students who have just arrived and Ithaca.
And then the regular.
First you're students will be arriving next week and this will be a fascinating cases -- -- of my students because.
Quite frankly this is the beginning of an error I mean Bradley Manning's case really ushered in the era of WikiLeaks yet it helps a sort of establish WikiLeaks has an important.
Presence and it also -- Julian Assange a household name.
I'm -- professor -- David Olin thank you very much professor of law Cornell law -- so much for your time.
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