The 25-year-old was found guilty earlier in the week of espionage and more than a dozen other charges which together could result in a jail sentence of more than 100 years for the largest leak in US history.
However, in a blow for the American government, he was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge against him. Prosecutors had argued that Osama bin Laden used the leaked documents to hatch plots against America!
The soldier waived his right to a jury trial and his fate was decided by Col Denise Lind, the military judge who presided over his court martial at Fort Meade, a military base outside Washington.
She cleared Manning of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of six counts of violating the Espionage Act, five counts of theft and several other minor counts. The 20 charges of which he was convicted or pleaded guilty could result in a total of up to 136 years in prison.
Now lets get this into perspective.
Jordan Robertson footballer, 21, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Leicester Crown Court given 32 months.
Marcus Barney absconder, 27, handed a seven year sentence for causing the death of Carol Tegg in a car accident in New South Wales.
Daniel Forshaw unemployed, 22, was given a four year sentence for killing Sandra Bullock with a motor bike in Liverpool.
Just three of the hundreds & thousands of examples of today's justice hand outs, the question is telling the public about government lies worth over 100 years?