It's hard to know after authorities invested enormous effort and expense to make an example of him. At issue is deterring other whistleblowers. Going soft might encourage them.
At the same time, playing hardball may encourage fighting back. Manning supporters are enraged about his harsh treatment. If he's imprisoned for decades or life, they won't be silent.
Retribution will be on the minds of many. Above all, supporters want justice. Manning's been afforded none so far. It's highly unlikely he'll be treated fairly. Police states rarely show leniency and never say they're sorry.
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