Finally, Bradley Manning tells his story

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For three years, Bradley Manning has been jailed while the world speculated about his guilt or innocence in the release of classified material to WikiLeaks.  On Thursday, the Army Private finally had the opportunity to tell his story at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.  In a 35-page statement that he read aloud, Manning acknowledged sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, He said he wanted to show Americans the “true costs of war.”

“I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience,” said Manning, who spoke under oath for more than an hour. (more…)