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Manning’s lawyers ask for no more than 25 years in WikiLeaks case

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (center) should spend majority his life prisbecause he betrayed U.S. by giving classified material WikiLeaks prosecutor

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (center) should spend the majority of his life in prison because he betrayed the U.S. by giving classified material to WikiLeaks, a prosecutor said Monday. | AP Photo

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Updated: August 19, 2013 2:48PM

FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning’s lawyers are asking a military judge to balance rehabilitation and punishment before sentencing the soldier for giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

Defense attorney David Coombs made his closing argument Monday in Manning’s court-martial. The judge says she’ll start deliberating Tuesday.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutors only asked the judge for 60 years.

Coombs didn’t recommend a specific sentence but suggested any prison term shouldn’t exceed 25 years. He says the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years.

Coombs says the military failed Manning when a supervisor didn’t report to commanders his concerns about Manning’s mental health.

Coombs says Manning took the first step toward rehabilitation when he offered to serve up to 20 years in February.

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