US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years for sharing documents with WikiLeaks. The sentence was lower than the 60 years the US government argued for--and Manning will be eligible for parole in about 12 years.

There's been a lot to learn from the trial. There's also a lot to take away about Manning's motivations from a statement released today. The statement seems at least partially rooted in a racial justice framework. It reads, in part:

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy--the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps--to name a few.  I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light. 

You can read the statement in its entirety over at Common Dreams.