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August 15, 2013

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.

I understood what I was doing, and decisions I made. However, I did not fully appreciate the broader effects of my actions.

Those factors are clear to me now, through both self-refection during my confinement in various forms, and through the merits and sentencing testimony that I have seen here.

I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people.

Pfc. Bradley Manning • In a brief statement, delivered before Judge Col. Denise Lind during the sentencing phase of Manning’s trial. Pfc. Manning was found guilty on 20 of the 21 charges brought against him by prosecutors, for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks back in 2010, and faces up to 90 years in prison if given the maximum penalty for each count. A sentence is expected to be handed down sometime next week. (ht Ars Technica) source
15:01 // 1 year ago
December 2, 2012
If someone tells me they’re going to shoot themselves in the face, I’m not going to give them a gun.
Marine Master Sgt. Craig Blenis • Discussing, during a trial for Pfc. Bradley Manning, why he recommended, as a member of the board he was on, that Manning remain at suicide-risk status, leading to the oft-reported harsh conditions Manning faced while staying in Quantico, Va. Among the reported tell signs: A noose fashioned out of a bedsheet from when he was held in Kuwait, and a written statement where Manning claimed he was “always planning and never acting” on suicidal impulses. These claims overrode a psychiatrist’s opinion that Manning was of no harm to himself or anyone around him.
16:31 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
7:27 // 1 year ago