Defense attorney: Manning tried ‘cheering me up’

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — The attorney for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning says the soldier tried to cheer him up after the judge sentenced Manning to 35 years in prison.

David Coombs said at a news conference Wednesday that he was in tears after the sentence was handed down. Coombs says Manning looked at him and said: “Don’t worry about it. It’s all right. I know you did your best. It’s going to be OK.”

Coombs did not recommend a specific sentence for Manning but suggested he shouldn’t get more than 25 years because some of the documents he leaked will be declassified by then.

Prosecutors had asked for at least 60 years in prison. They did not comment after the sentence was announced.

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