Aug. 21 - Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history, arrives at court for sentencing. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history, arrived at court to be told how much of his life will be spent in a military prison. The 25-year-old private first class could face up to 90 years for turning over more than 700,000 classified files, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables to the pro-transparency website WikiLeaks, in a case that has commanded international attention since 2010. Prosecutors have asked for a 60 year prison term, while defense attorneys this week pleaded with the judge hearing Manning's court-martial, Colonel Denise Lind, not to "rob him of his youth." In July, Lind found Manning guilty of 20 criminal counts including espionage and theft, but not of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge, which carried a possible sentence of life in prison without parole. Manning was working as a low-level intelligence analyst in Baghdad when he handed over the documents, catapulting WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, into the international spotlight. The classified material that shocked many around the world included a 2007 gunsight video of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Iraq. Civilians, including Reuters journalists, were killed in the attack. The Bradley Manning Support Network, a group backing the soldier, said in a statement it plans to seek clemency from Army officials after sentencing. Manning's attorney David Coombs also will ask for a pardon from President Barack Obama, it said