Aug 16 2013
As the sentencing hearing phase of Bradley Manning’s court martial wraps up, Manning’s lawyers are pressing hard for a shorter sentence.
They’re doing so by putting Manning himself on the stand, who this week issued an apology saying, “I’m sorry that my actions hurt people and I am sorry that I hurt the United States.” Manning added that he had been “dealing with a lot of issues.”
The Defense claimed that Manning had struggled with a difficult childhood and with “gender dysphoria,” which may have led to his decision to leak information to Wikileaks.
Wikileaks’ co-founder Julian Assange explained Manning’s apology in a statement saying, “The only currency this military court will take is Bradley Manning’s humiliation.
In light of this, Mr. Manning’s forced decision to apologize to the US government in the hope of shaving a decade or more off his sentence must be regarded with compassion and understanding.”
Manning, who faces 90 years in prison, will find out in the next few days how many years he is to be imprisoned for the 19 charges he was convicted of.
Earlier this week a delegation of his supporters took over 100,000 signatures on a petition to the Nobel committee in Norway asking them to award him the Peace Prize.
GUEST: Nathan Fuller, member of the Bradley Manning Support Network
Read more at www.bradleymanning.org.