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Russia denounces Manning sentence

Published on 21/08/2013

Russia on Wednesday called the 35-year sentence handed down to US Army Private Bradley Manning for divulging state secrets "unjustifiably harsh" and accused the United States of double standards.

The Russian foreign ministry’s human rights representative argued that “when US interests are at stake, as was the case with Bradley Manning, the American justice system adopts unjustifiably harsh decisions … without any regard for human rights.”

Manning passed a massive cache of classified government documents to WikiLeaks anti-secrecy headed by Julian Assange. He was sentenced by a US military judge earlier Wednesday.

Russia bristles at US condemnations of its own human rights record under President Vladimir Putin and has recently angered Washington by issuing temporary asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

The foreign ministry’s human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov told Interfax that “such a display of double standards (by Washington) … once again undermines the United States’ claim of being a leader” on human rights.