- 08.22.13 07:49 AM EDT
On Wednesday morning, Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing 700,000 classified documents to the whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks. Manning, 25, had already been found guilty on 6 counts of violating the Espionage Act.
Prosecutors had sought up to 60 years for Manning, and the potential maximum was 90. The sentence was delivered by Army Col. Denise Lind, culminating a months-long military trial behind closed doors.
Manning admitted to leaking the documents when he was stationed in Iraq in 2010, and his defense has claimed that he was a young man who felt he'd uncovered abuses of power that needed to be revealed. The prosecution accused him of recklessly aiding America's enemies and endangering national security.
His supporters have planned a rally in Fort Meade, Colorado, where the trial took place.