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FORT MEADE, Maryland (AFP) – U.S. military prosecutors demanded Monday that Private Bradley Manning spend at least 60 years in jail for handing a vast trove of secret files to anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.

Captain Joe Morrow urged trial judge Colonel Denise Lind to impose a tough sentence to “send a message to any soldier contemplating stealing classified information.”

The 25-year-old former army intelligence analyst has been convicted on a raft of espionage and theft charges that could see him jailed for more than a century.

But Lind is conducting a sentencing at Fort Meade, a military base just outside Washington, to decide how long the young man, who has apologized, should serve.

Morrow dismissed the defense argument that Manning was a naive and troubled soldier who believed he was doing good by exposing what he saw as abuses in America’s conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead, the prosecutor branded the leaks “destructive” and said Manning was a “determined insider who exploited an imperfect system.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a Colorado church early this summer, one of that state’s Republican representatives, House member Lauren Boebert, spoke, as she always does, with definitive conviction: “The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. … I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.”

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