WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Shouting into microphones and accompanied by 15-foot cutouts of former soldier Bradley Manning, dozens of protestors demanded the attention of President Obama on Wednesday. In front of the White House, they declared that the 25-year-old is a whistleblower and deserving of a presidential pardon.
Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the president instead stumbled onto this protest, and don't agree that Manning is a patriot.
Manning was convicted of 20 charges - including espionage - for releasing classified videos like the one now dubbed the 'collateral murder tape.'
Prosecutors actually sought 60 years, but the military judge instead handed down a sentence of 35 years.
WikiLeaks has neither confirmed nor denied that Manning leaked the video or any classified documents to the website. Yet, in a statement on Wednesday, founder Julian Assange wrote:
"This hard-won minimum term represents a significant tactical victory for Bradley Manning's defense, campaign team and supporters. "US military law stipulates that the sentence can only be reduced. And Manning's defense team is reportedly already hard at work working on an appeal.