"What's at stake here is, how do we as a public want to be informed about what our government does," he said. "The National Security apparatus has exploded since 9/11. You don't even understand how much money is put into national security because that's secret too."
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange called Manning's sentence "a significant tactical victory" for his defense team, family and supporters in a statement released Wednesday. "At the start of these proceedings, the United States government had charged Bradley Manning with a capital offence and other charges carrying over 135 years of incarceration."
However, "Manning's trial and conviction is an affront to basic concepts of Western justice," he added.
Assange's organization is also supporting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked information about NSA surveillance programs and is now in Russia, having been granted asylum.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com