The Bradley Manning case is concluded now....thirty-five years in prison. He would be sixty upon release....if he doesn't get a pardon somewhere down the line.
No one from the Army will argue over this sentence. Most would have given him sixty-plus years and he'd never see the light of day. In this case.....he will emerge around 2048 and find a vastly different world.
The odds of surviving till 2048? Well, that's another issue. I'm fairly sure that he will be attacked in the Army prison, and be held mostly in a solitary type situation. Other than a visit from his close relatives.....he won't find too many folks who agree with his accomplishments.
I suspect if someone had sat down early-on in Army intelligence school and said.....you could go to prison for dumping secrets.....it might have made a difference. Typically, what a GI gets when read onto a program.....is a warning that you could be prosecuted. Prosecution isn't a word to usually equal jail-time. If you knew you could spend a decade in some stupid prison....for divulging secrets....you'd likely wise-up and just be smart. Bradly.....wasn't smart.