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Current Event Cat of the Day: Bradley Manning Is Sorry

Current EVent Cat - Bradley Manning

After years of solitary confinement and poor conditions, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is sorry he hurt the United States. And even sorrier they hurt him.

25-year-old Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country.

“I’m sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that it hurt the United States. At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. Although a considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions,” Manning said.

He added that, at the time of the leaks, he understood what he was doing but did not believe that the classified information he leaked would cause harm to the U.S.

Manning admitted that he mistakenly believed he could “change the world for the better” by leaking the documents to WikiLeaks but in retrospect he should have worked “inside the system”.

Other highlights from the military trial include some emotional testimony from Manning’s family members about his troubled childhood and from a psychologist who felt that Manning’s struggle with gender identity in a hostile workplace caused him to feel a great amount of pressure.

“You put him in that kind of hypermasculine environment, if you will, with little support and few coping skills, the pressure would have been difficult to say the least,” Capt. Michael Worsley said.

Apparently Private Manning secretly wanted to become a woman and hoped that military life would cure him once and for all.

Bradley Manning could be sentenced to 90 years in prison for the leaks, which occurred while he was working as an army intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

Via: Current Event Cats & CBC News

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