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Bradley Manning tells military court "I'm sorry"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:28

Aug. 14 - U.S. soldier Bradley Manning told a military court ''I'm sorry'' for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website. Sarah Irwin reports.

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During the sentencing phase of his court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning apologizes for his role in the biggest breach of classified data in U.S. history. The 25-year-old soldier said quote: "I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that they hurt the United States." He went on to apologize for the. quote: "...unintended consequences of my actions." adding that quote: "The last few years have been a learning experience." Also taking the stand, Manning's sister, who told the court of their parents' alcoholism and how she helped to raise her brother. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for passing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables - to the pro-transparency website WikiLeaks - which was founded by Julian Assange. The prosecution has argued - Manning aided al Qaeda militants and harmed the U.S. - with the release of the classified information. The defense contends he suffered from a sexual identity crisis while serving in Iraq - in 2010 - and that the army ignored his mental health problems. In July, a judge found Manning guilty of 20 charges - including espionage and theft. He was found "not guilty" of the most serious count - aiding the enemy - which carries a life sentence. A military spokesman says the judge isn't expected to sentence Manning until next week.

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Bradley Manning tells military court "I'm sorry"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:28