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Bradley Manning says sorry for leaks that ‘hurt the United States’

Paul Lewis 
London Guardian [1]
August 15, 2013

Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last month of leaking an enormous collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has said he now regrets his actions and that he was “sorry that they hurt the United States”.

“I am sorry for unintended consequence of my actions. When I made these decisions, I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people,” Manning told his sentencing hearing, in an attempt to receive a reduced sentence.

The 25-year-old was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy”. He is facing a possible jail sentence of up to 90 years when he is sentenced next week.

Previously, the former intelligence analyst tried to justify his actions, explaining to the court in detail how he downloaded 700,000 classified documents while stationed in Iraq and passed them to the anti-secrecy website, in order to prompt a global debate about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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