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Opinion

August 23, 2013

Verdict’s chilling impact

NORMAN — The tale of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning seems to get more intriguing every day. The young Oklahoma soldier was convicted of leaking intelligence information to the media.

He was sentenced to 35 years in prison but will likely spend less than half of that behind bars. His attorney said Manning considers himself a hero and wants to begin hormone therapy while in prison so he can live the remainder of his life as a woman.

The harsh sentence handed down by military judge Col. Denise Lind sends a message to other would-be leakers. It comes as U.S. officials debate what to do about Edward Snowden, a former CIA and NSA analyst, who leaked details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs to the British press.

Both men are considered heroes in some quarters. Snowden has been charged with espionage and theft of government property and is believed to be hiding somewhere in a Russian airport.

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