Pfc. Bradley Manning Faces Maximum 90 Years in Jail, Says Judge

| by Michael Allen
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After his conviction of 20 offenses last week, whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning faced a maximum of 136 years in jail.

However, now he is facing 90 years per a ruling by Col. Denise Lind, the judge in the case.

Kevin Gosztola, a journalist with, tweeted about Col. Lind's ruling today: "Defense motions for merging offenses for sentencing partly granted. Max punishment goes from 136 yrs to 90 yrs #Manning."

However, even a 90-year sentence would mean life in prison for Manning.

Manning was convicted last Tuesday for releasing thousands of classified U.S. files to the website WikiLeaks.

One of the files was a video that showed a U.S. helicopter fatally shooting several unarmed Reuters reporters.

Col. Lind will rule on Manning's final sentence after his court-martial concludes this summer.

The trial has been notorious for its numerous limitations on the press.

Sources: Twitter and