News Brief 8/22/2013, Elul 16, 5773
Bradley Manning to Request Pardon from Obama
Bradley Manning is set to personally appeal to US President Barack Obama for a pardon, after he was sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking 750,000 classified documents to the Wikileaks website.
Speaking at a press conference, Manning's lawyer David Coombs said his client, who will also be dishonourably discharged from the US Army and forfeit some of his wages, will appeal for a pardon "or at the very least commute his sentence to time served".
Manning will base his appeal on the fact that his actions were motivated "out of a love to my country and a sense of duty to others," he said.