Bradley Manning: 'I'm Sorry'
Wikileaker apologizes during sentencing hearing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 14, 2013 3:51 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by the US Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.   (AP Photo/US Army)

(Newser) – US soldier Bradley Manning took the stand today during his sentencing hearing for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks and apologized for hurting the United States and others. Manning gave an unsworn statement, which means he cannot be cross-examined by prosecutors. He began with an apology. "I'm sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that it hurt the United States," he said. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking the information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

He said he understood what he was doing and the decisions he made. However, he said he did not believe at the time that leaking the information would cause harm. Earlier, an Army psychologist said Manning's private struggle with his gender identity in a hostile workplace put incredible pressure on the soldier. Manning eventually came out to Capt. Michael Worsley and emailed the therapist a photo of himself wearing a wig of long, blond hair and lipstick. "The pressure would have been difficult to say the least," Worsley said. "It would have been incredible."

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Libris_Fidelis
Aug 18, 2013 3:21 AM CDT
There sure are a lot of stupid comments in this Newser commentary section by a lot of irresponsible people who do not know what they are talking about and need to GROW UP! "Bradley Manning's predicament ????? First of all, Bradley Manning is UNDER THE ARMY'S CONTROL and has already been stripped nude and kept in isolation and has been treated as a detested less-than-human military captive for three years now. I think that he now sees HIS PREDICAMENT CLEARLY... how deprived he is of moral protections and so now he is seeking the pseudo-insanity plea as a protection and a form of escape from a Guantanamo-similar fate. He is and has been going though deliberate psychological mistreatment as a vindictive institutionalized punishment, and the merits of his case are treated as if he had intentionally elected to be a "traitor in our uniform", which he is not. Manning FIRST WENT THROUGH CHANNELS TO ALERT HIS SUPERIORS OF THE WAR CRIMES THAT OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL WERE CONDUCTING UNDER ORDERS, just as the mandate he is sworn to obey tells him to. The only trouble is that, if Manning had done his "duty" in the way the military expected him to, he would be a sergeant and then the war crimes would have continued and become forgotten... just like in Viet Nam! But if Manning does his REAL DUTY, which he most certainly DID do his duty and was shoved out the door, then his only remaining other recourse to report crimes was what he did... take his evidence PUBLIC !!!! But everything about our country is and has been a mafia structure that, from our President of our United States right down to our city councils and mayors is an anti-Democracy system that values only BLIND OBEDIENT CONSPIRATOR LOYALTY that does not get our country into trouble for the crimes against humanity that our country commits -- and has had as a historical record of committing every kind of documented crime during the past 175 years. THAT is the distressful misfortune that Bradley Manning is mired in... all alone... alienated... persecuted... defamed... slandered and libeled, and forever enslaved by a system that knows no compassion and no understanding of anything except blind conspiratorial obedience as a mafia government tyranny. And I say that as an enlisted-Army veteran, because THAT is the overt demonstration that "our" country is and has been working by -- for well before our colonies became a nation two-hundred thirty-five years ago. And that is our national Manifest Destiny heritage, one that our country wants as our reputation by its very anti-Democracy design and actions. BRADLEY MANNING JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT!
Greatminds2012
Aug 15, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
Don't worry about it, Brad. After 40 years in the slammer we should be about even.
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 15, 2013 4:19 AM CDT
That, that dude looks like a lady http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0oXY4nDxE