(The Hill) Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Thursday that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning should be released from prison immediately because he has already been subject to an “excessive” amount punishment for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

The former Republican congressman said Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison, should not escape punishment altogether but has already served three years and endured torture.

“Most military personnel who are caught committing war crimes never receive any penalties,” Paul said in a Reddit question-and-answer session.

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