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Bradley Manning: 60-Year Sentence Sought
Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Pfc Bradley Manning to 60 years behind bars for sending secret documents to WikiLeaks.
Captain Joe Morrow made the recommendation during closing arguments in the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial.
Manning faced up to 90 years for his convictions on 20 counts, including six violations of the Espionage Act.
The former Army intelligence analyst was not convicted of the more serious crime of aiding the enemy.
But Capt Morrow says the soldier was convicted of serious crimes and deserves to spend the majority of his life in prison.
"He betrayed the US and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement," he said.
Manning's defence attorney suggested any prison term should not exceed 25 years because the classification of some of the documents Manning leaked expires in 25 years.
The judge said she will begin deliberating the punishment on Tuesday, but did not say how long she would take.
Manning leaked more than 700,000 documents, including Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables, while working in early 2010 as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
He also leaked video of a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed at least nine people, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver.
The 25-year-old Oklahoma native took the stand last week and apologised for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.
Family members and a psychologist testified for the defence, saying the soldier felt extreme mental pressure in the military because of his gender-identity disorder during the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.
Defence attorney David Coombs presented evidence that Manning's unit needed intelligence analysts so badly that a supervisor failed to report to commanders his concerns about Manning's deteriorating mental health.
Such a report could have prevented Manning from being deployed or resulted in his top-secret security clearance being revoked.
Capt Morrow said there were other people in Manning's unit who were openly gay and Manning did not hide his sexuality from them.
"It wasn't the military's fault, it wasn't the command's fault, it wasn't because he saw something horrible - it was because he had an agenda," Capt Morrow said.
Prosecutors have called Manning an anarchist computer hacker and attention-seeking traitor, while the soldier's supporters have hailed him as a whistleblower.
Prosecutors also asked the judge to fine Manning $100,000, reduce his rank to private and give him a dishonourable discharge from the Army.