Bradley Manning a Goofball or Hero

by Jackson Vanderbilt on August 16, 2013

picture of bradley manning golfball heroCome on people…… What’s the deal do we believe this weird 25 year old Geek or the US Government? Well, How long did it take for you answer that? I guess it goes both ways depending on who you are right.

The kid’s not stupid…just stressed to the max….. with good intentions.

From Reuters:

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning on Wednesday told a military court “I’m sorry” for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history.

“I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States,” the 25-year-old U.S. Army Private First Class told the sentencing phase of his court-martial. “I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions … The last few years have been a learning experience.”

Manning spoke quietly and non-defiantly in his first extensive public comments since February.

“I should have worked more aggressively inside the system … Unfortunately, I can’t go back and change things,” Manning, wearing his dress uniform and glasses, his hair in a crew cut, said from the witness stand.

“Manning was under the impression that the information he was giving was going to change the way the world saw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and future wars, actually,” said Moulton, who interviewed Manning for about 21 hours and spent more than 100 hours on the case.

He faces a long time behind bars thanks to the Government.

From Reuters:

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, hurling the pro-transparency website and its founder, Julian Assange, into the world spotlight.

Defense lawyers seeking a milder sentence rested their case on Wednesday after Manning’s statement. With about a dozen witnesses including Army superiors, mental health professionals and Manning’s own sister, they sought to show Judge Colonel Denise Lind that commanders ignored signs of mental stress.

An Army psychologist testified at the hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, that Manning, who is gay, felt isolated because he was wrestling with his gender identity. Another mental health specialist testified that Manning had hoped to end war.

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