August 22nd, 2013
10:18 AM ET
When the news broke Wednesday that Bradley Manning - who now wants to be known as Chelsea - had been sentenced to 35 years in prison, a few celebrities who supported the soldier couldn't hold back their shock.
"The news of Bradley Manning's sentencing is devastating," Lady Gaga tweeted to her 39 million followers. "If our own can't speak up about injustice who will? How will we ever move forward?"
Manning's sentence was handed down by a military judge after he was found guilty of 20 of the 22 charges brought against him. The U.S. Army soldier had been convicted of stealing 750,000 classified documents and handing them over to WikiLeaks.
Manning, who will seek a pardon, has said that he acted "out of a love for my country and a sense of duty" to reveal what he said were abuses committed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Like Gaga, musician Moby also supported Manning's position, and shared a photo on Instagram calling him a hero.
Chimed in Patton Oswalt, "Bradley Manning got 35 YEARS and Rumsfeld/Cheney still walk free...oh wait, it's Opposite Day. My bad."
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