Photo 21 Aug 95 notes Manning refused to plead guilty in exchange for lesser sentence
Aug. 22 2013
Bradley Manning was offered and refused a deal from US military prosecutors that would have seen him serve a shorter sentence than the 35 years he was given Wednesday in exchange for a guilty plea.
Manning’s lead defense attorney, David Coombs, announced during a press conference that an offer was previously on the table. 
“Part of that would be to cooperate in testifying, so obviously we didn’t do that,” he said. 
He refused to elaborate any further, citing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with government prosecutors. 
But in December 2011, Coombs suggested that the government was attempting to force Manning into a plea bargain and use him as a witness against Julian Assange - the WikiLeaks founder who published the 700,000 diplomatic cables, battlefield reports, and combat video disclosed by Manning. 
“If the Department of Justice got their way, they would get a plea deal in this case, and my client would be named as one of the witnesses to go after Julian Assange,” Coombs said in court. 
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Manning refused to plead guilty in exchange for lesser sentence

Aug. 22 2013

Bradley Manning was offered and refused a deal from US military prosecutors that would have seen him serve a shorter sentence than the 35 years he was given Wednesday in exchange for a guilty plea.

Manning’s lead defense attorney, David Coombs, announced during a press conference that an offer was previously on the table. 

Part of that would be to cooperate in testifying, so obviously we didn’t do that,” he said. 

He refused to elaborate any further, citing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with government prosecutors. 

But in December 2011, Coombs suggested that the government was attempting to force Manning into a plea bargain and use him as a witness against Julian Assange - the WikiLeaks founder who published the 700,000 diplomatic cables, battlefield reports, and combat video disclosed by Manning. 

If the Department of Justice got their way, they would get a plea deal in this case, and my client would be named as one of the witnesses to go after Julian Assange,” Coombs said in court. 

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