The Norman Transcript

August 22, 2013

DA: Manning tried ‘cheering me up’

Associated Press
The Associated Press

HANOVER, Md. — The attorney for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning says the soldier tried to cheer him up after the judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison.

David Coombs said at a news conference Wednesday that he was in tears after the sentence was handed down. Coombs says Manning looked at him and said: “Don’t worry about it. It’s all right. I know you did your best. It’s going to be OK.”

Coombs did not recommend a specific sentence for Manning but suggested he shouldn’t get more than 25 years because some of the documents he leaked will be declassified by then.