Thirty-five seems unreasonably harsh. Twenty would have both punished and sent the government's message, if punishment and message-sending--rather than vindictiveness--were in fact the purpose. Plus, for Private Manning to spend the next 32 years (given time served) in lockup will only deepen and perpetuate the pro-Manning, anti-surveillance forces--hence 35 seems strangely counterproductive as well.
Manning "also will be credited with 112 days for the treatment he endured at a military jail," reports the NYT, "that the judge ruled was unlawful." Let's see, how many years did his criminal jailers receive?
And what can't be shaken--no matter the heaps of sentencing technicalities piled on--is what lies at the root of Manning's "crimes":
The materials that Private Manning gave to WikiLeaks include ... a video taken during an American helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 in which civilians were killed, including two journalists ... [and] documents exposing the abuse of detainees by Iraqi officers under the watch of American forces and reports showing that civilian deaths during the Iraq war were most likely significantly higher than official estimates.
Meanwhile, many of the actual perps of all this horror are enjoying pleasant retirements on government pensions. Go figure. And when you're done, you probably won't get "35."