Reactions to Manning Sentence

Announcement of Pfc. Bradley Manning's 35 year prison sentence by military Judge Col. Denise Lind on Wednesday was met with swift condemnation in the U.S. and across the globe with progressives and supporters of the army whistleblower calling the sentence a clear miscarriage of justice.

Though less than the 60 years military prosecutors had pushed for, many critics of the three and a half decade sentence say that in the context of recent war crimes that have gone unpunished—including the invasion of Iraq, the killing of civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere, extrajudicial killings, torture, rendition, and warrantless surveillance—it seems absurd to punish a young man who was motivated to expose some of the workings of these misdeeds via public disclosure.

What follows is a sampling of statements—including tweets, excerpts, etc.—cataloging the reaction from human rights groups, experts, journalists, and activists on the sentencing announcement.

Kevin Gosztola, writer/journalist for, who has covered Manning's court-martial at Fort Meade for the past 21 monthsAmnesty International:

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American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project:

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Bradley Manning Support Network tweeted:

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Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice:

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