The Bradley Manning trial sentence has been handed down, a sentence of 35 years for assorted disclosures. The government had sought a minimum of 60 years.
The sentence is a mixed blessing. Much harsher than many other whistleblowers, and many years longer than US servicemen found guilty of far worse crimes, such as the deaths of civilians. But on the reverse side, Manning will see the light of day again, which is much better than the 136 year possible sentence he was facing.
A cynical view would be that the US government have manufactured this sentence in order to send a strong signal that whistleblowing will not be tolerated, yet at the same time forestall the protests and negative publicity that would follow a sentence that would have seen Manning in jail for the term of his natural life.
The sentence is expected to be subject to immediate appeal.