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Manning’s Family Saddened By 35-Year Sentence

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U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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HANOVER, Md. (AP) — The family of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning says they are saddened and disappointed in the 35-year sentence he received for giving troves of military and government secrets to WikiLeaks.

Manning’s attorney David Coombs read a statement from the family Wednesday during a news conference.

The statement from the family said Manning’s intentions were good and he believed he was acting in the best interest of this country. They also thanked his defense team and supporters around the world and said the fight was not over.

Manning’s uncle Kevin Fox told BBC television that the soldier shouldn’t have been given any time at all and he called him a hero. Fox is Welsh, like Manning’s mother, who is reportedly in poor health.

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