Bradley Manning US soldier who has told of leaking classified documents to the website Wikileaks/AP
Update 10:24 a.m.
Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been convicted of espionage and other charges in connection with a massive leak of classified material, will receive his sentence at 10 a.m. in Fort Meade, Md.
The judge in the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, said she will announce the sentence.
Manning could face a maximum of 90 years in prison after his conviction last month on charges of espionage, theft and fraud.
Prosecutors urged the judge to sentence Manning to 60 years as a deterrent to others who might be tempted to leak secret documents.
"He betrayed the United States, and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement," Capt. Joe Morrow said.
Manning's defense had urged the military to sentence Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, to no more than 25 years in prison.
Manning leaked secret documents, which included battlefield reports and State Department cables, to WikiLeaks, which posted them on the Internet.
The U.S. government said his actions jeopardized U.S. interests and exposed informants and sources to danger. Manning's defense painted him as a misguided idealist who opposed the war in Iraq.
"He had pure intentions at the time that he committed his offenses," defense attorney David Coombs said. "At that time, Pfc. Manning really, truly, genuinely believed that this information could make a difference."
Manning's defense attempted to "play up the human aspect" of Manning by highlighting mental health issues, said Phil Cave, a former military lawyer now in private practice
Defense witnesses testified about Manning's "gender-identity disorder," which contributed to the mental stress he was under.
Under military law, the sentence would be automatically appealed. He would probably be eligible for parole after he served one-third or 10 years of his sentence, whichever is longer.
DAVID DISHNEAU; Associated Press
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to learn his punishment for leaking troves of classified information to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
A military judge says she'll sentence Manning on Wednesday morning in his court-martial at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. He faces up to 90 years in prison for 20 offenses, including six violations of the Espionage Act.
Prosecutors have asked Army Col. Denise Lind to sentence him to at least 60 years. Manning's defense has suggested he should spend no more than 25 years in prison.
The 25-year-old Oklahoma native has apologized for hurting the United States. He says he meant to help people by exposing wrongdoing. But he says he should have worked harder to push his concerns through approved channels.