An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified US government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday, according to Newser.com.
The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal of the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Manning's appellate lawyers said that they expect their appeal to focus on issues including alleged misuse of the Espionage Act.
The 26-year-old native of Crescent, Okla., was sentenced in August for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses, Newser.com reports.
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