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
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.