WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning appeals conviction

Chelsea Manning's lawyers argue her sentence is much harsher than international norms and say she should be given some whistleblower protectionsTransgender US soldier Chelsea Manning is appealing her 35-year prison sentence for handing thousands of classified files to WikiLeaks, her legal team said Thursday. Manning’s lawyers argue her sentence is much harsher than international norms and say she should be given some whistleblower protections. “There is no question that Chelsea Manning’s sentence is incredibly excessive — wildly disproportionate to the reality of the situation and precedent — as it represents the most severe punishment received by any other whistleblower in American history,” Manning’s co-counsel Vincent Ward said in a statement.

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