Aug. 22 - Supporters of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning demonstrate outside the White House after the 25-year-old is sentenced to 35 years in military prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks. Sunita Rappai reports.
Dozens gather outside the White House to protest the sentencing of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning. The 25-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in a military prison for turning over more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks. Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when he gave WikiLeaks a trove of diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts. He stood quietly in court and showed no emotion as he was sentenced. One protester said he was not surprised by the verdict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MALE PROTESTER SAYING: "But I was horrified, heart broken, disappointed. It was horrible to hear that sentence." Others said they wanted to send a message to President Barack Obama to pardon Manning. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, MARGARET FLOWERS, SAYING: "We are here to one, be in solidarity with Bradley Manning who was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for reporting war crimes, and two, we are here to send a message to President Obama." Manning, who will be dishonourably discharged from the military, will serve his sentence in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Military parole rules could allow him to be out of prison in seven years, his lawyer said.