The sentencing hearing, beginning Wednesday, gives Pfc. Bradley Manning the ability to present more mitigating evidence. But his sentence could quickly add up – or later be set aside completely.
As the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning begins its sentencing phase Wednesday, the prosecution will attempt to show that the documents he released gravely damaged national security.
At the same time, the defense will make the case that the perhaps the government was embarrassed by Private Manning’s disclosures, but they did not cause the catastrophic harm to national security that the Obama administration initially claimed.
To bolster this point, they will no doubt point to an August 2010 Pentagon review that concluded that the dire predictions made by the Pentagon about the damage the leaks would cause had not come to fruition.
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