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Chelsea Manning Says She Leaked Classified Info Out Of Love For Country

PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer responsible for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, says she disclosed the information out of "a love for my country and a sense of duty to others."

For the first time since she was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leak, Manning broke her silence in an opinion column published by The New York Times on Sunday.

Manning, who was formerly known as Bradley, says that as the U.S. considers renewed military action in Iraq, she thinks some of the issues she exposed have yet to be addressed.

Mainly, Manning writes about the lack of information in the United States. Manning says that even back in 2010, she saw a complicated reality on the ground, while the U.S. media painted a rosy picture of successful elections.

Manning writes:

"If you were following the news during the March 2010 elections in Iraq, you might remember that the American press was flooded with stories declaring the elections a success, complete with upbeat anecdotes and photographs of Iraqi women proudly displaying their ink-stained fingers. The subtext was that United States military operations had succeeded in creating a stable and democratic Iraq."Those of us stationed there were acutely aware of a more complicated reality."Military and diplomatic reports coming across my desk detailed a brutal crackdown against political dissidents by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and federal police, on behalf of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Detainees were often tortured, or even killed."Early that year, I received orders to investigate 15 individuals whom the federal police had arrested on suspicion of printing 'anti-Iraqi literature.' I learned that these individuals had absolutely no ties to terrorism; they were publishing a scholarly critique of Mr. Maliki's administration. I forwarded this finding to the officer in command in eastern Baghdad. He responded that he didn't need this information; instead, I should assist the federal police in locating more 'anti-Iraqi' print shops."

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muckapoo1 | June 15, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Weird on too many levels to comment.

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donzxcv | June 15, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

leave to liberal leftist pbs to to try to recognize the profoundly disturbed traitor bradley manning as a 'she'. And to imply some sort of credibility to anything he says.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 15, 2014 at 10:36 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

leave it to 'donzxcv' to show the blatant hypocrisy of the far right.

Conservatives claim they are in favor of less government "intrusion", yet many of them attack whistle blowers like Ms. Manning and Mr. Snowden who expose our government's illegal and overzealous citizen spying activities.

The Iraq War was a criminal action on the part of our government.

It was sold to the people of this country on false intelligence and lies, and many Americans and Iraqis died, not to mention the billions of tax dollars flushed down the toilet.

Ms. Manning is a patriot and a great American for exposing the truth about what our government is doing.

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JeanMarc | June 16, 2014 at 8:57 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

No, he did it for attention. Why is everyone calling this guy "she" ? I did not know that we could change our genetic traits.

Please refer to me as JeanMarc the Unicorn from now on.

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muckapoo1 | June 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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thompsonrichard | June 16, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Her account in the NY Times herein cited is the least weird I've read in the last three years about Iraq. Doesn't " Mr. muckapoo1 " have any reservations at all about our Iraq policy given the successful revolution in the second largest city this week?

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thompsonrichard | June 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Secretary of State John Kerry isn't ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists. He doesn't have a choice. It'll take less than a " muckapoo minute " for U.S. military leaders to say they left things in tiptop shape; hence blameless in the matter.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 16, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Both Ms. Muckapoo and Ms. Jean are too blind-sided by their bigotry over the fact that Ms. Manning is a transgendered person that it doesn't allow them to rationally and objectively look at what she actually exposed.

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JeanMarc | June 16, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

His traitorous actions exposed what everyone already knew - the government does bad stuff and covers it up. And you leftists want the government to be even bigger, and to manage even more of our lives? Unbelievable.

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Missionaccomplished | June 16, 2014 at 12:08 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Manning's personal problems aside, this is a very good piece. What Manning did was courageous, putting his/her career on the line. How many of you would do that??? The current situation in Iraq was proven him/her even more correct, and an embarrassment to the current and previous Administrations.

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Missionaccomplished | June 16, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"you leftists want the government to be even bigger, and to manage even more of our lives? Unbelievable"

Then PLEASE explain your support for our war on Iraq??? Would a person who ideolgociallly favors "small government" and opposed to its "managing" of our lives, support a military interveention ANYWHERE unless we were directly attacked . . . which we haven't been since Pearl Harbor--and even then it wasn't even on the mainland and Hawaii only a territory!!!

Or would such a "small government" person also be supporting a militarization of our southern border and expansion of punitive measures??? (yes, "libertarian" Ron Paul was a hypocrite.)

You're nothing but a contradiction, John Markkk, and you lose all credibility. Your'e a pickkk and chose guy--whatever convenient for the moment.

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JeanMarc | June 16, 2014 at 12:26 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mission - One of the very few constitutional roles of our federal government is to protect our borders. That means keeping illegals out. That means maintaining the military. And when did I say I support the war in Iraq? I was lamenting the hundreds of billions of dollars we dumped into that bottomless hell hole trying to tame wild animals. The problem is Islam, and we cannot fight a war against a religion. The best thing to do is wall them off and contain the insanity.

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muckapoo1 | June 16, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Total isolationism is the best answer.

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JeanMarc | June 16, 2014 at 3:05 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, forget the oil. It's not worth it. Allah will take care of them, we do not need to.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 16, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

"His traitorous actions exposed what everyone already knew - the government does bad stuff and covers it up." -JeanMarc

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Who is he a traitor to? The US government that "does bad stuff" or the American people who expect their government to operate honorably under the Constitution?

He is a traitor to the US government but a hero to the American people.

But I do agree with you that isolation of the Middle East is the only solution:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/16/world/meast/iraq-sria-foreign-legion-jihad-threat-to-west

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JeanMarc | June 16, 2014 at 4:09 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I will tell you the truth - I do appreciate that he was willing to expose wrongdoing in the government. I also like snowden. I just don't like that his homosexual preferences have taken the spotlight.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 16, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't care if he was green and had three legs and six eyes. The guy/gal is a hero and amazingly (and bravely) still influential despite being chained up in a dark military prison.

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Missionaccomplished | June 16, 2014 at 8:02 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

John Markkk "keeping illegals out", you know, sometimes, despite the bellicosity of your remarkkks, you make me laugh. The Constitutional actually says very little about a standing army, and its drawers had absolutely NO CONCEPT whatsoever of a modern-day nation-state with mechanized and bureaucratized ports of entry, since back then, they more interested in EXPANSION than anything else. So your argument falls apart there. But even if it did hold up, it would still contradict your anti-spending philosophy. You can't have it both ways, pal.

"Free Iraq!" -- Roger Hedgecockkk, battle cry on KOGO, March2003

"The Surge worked." -- John McCain, 2008 campaign

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muckapoo1 | June 17, 2014 at 8:17 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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JeanMarc | June 17, 2014 at 8:47 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 8:56 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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CaliforniaDefender | June 17, 2014 at 9:06 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

First you say "traitorous".

Then you say "I do appreciate that he was willing to expose wrongdoing in the government."

Now you say "betrayal"?

Which is it?

I find most conservatives are having a real hard time with this. You support the military, but you don't support the government. How do you see daylight between the two? '

Please help me understand your thought process on this.

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JeanMarc | June 17, 2014 at 10:38 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Peking, the way a person chooses to present themselves to the world should definitely be taken into consideration when hiring. During the occupy wallstreet "protests" I noticed that most of the people there whining about life had excluded themselves from the professional workforce simply by their choice of wardrobe, hairstyle, and body alterations. Is it fair? No. Is this the way the world is? Yes. I wouldn't hire someone who didn't have enough sense to realize that life is not fair, and appearance does matter even though it shouldn't.

California - He did commit treason, he did betray his duties, and the information he exposed was not really evidence of government wrongdoing. The diplomatic cables should have remained private. The friendly fire video was an accident. It was not the deliberate wrongdoing like Snowden exposed. Manning just wanted attention. He is delusional.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 3:19 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Jean, I'm confused.

Are you saying that both Manning and Snowden are traitors, or just Manning?

I consider them both to be whistle blowers who did a service to the American people.

All of us are better off for knowing what our government is really doing to us and with our tax money.

Manning should be released immediately and Snowden should be cut a deal so he can come home with NO prison time.

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SalULoyd | June 17, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Manning's not an attention seeker like for example . . . Michael Sam--twitting himself kissing another guy. I don't see Manning doing this. Manning put his/her career on the line.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 3:41 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

To be clear - I think there is a distinct difference between someone who exposes covert/classified government actions and policies with the intent to cause harm to our country and aid our enemies versus someone who exposes the government lying, being corrupt and being criminal so the citizens of said government are aware of the criminal actions taking place ON OUR BEHALF and WITH OUR TAX MONEY.

Both Snowden and Manning not only exposed such things, they both sparked extremely important debates in our country that will ultimately make us all better off.

This should not be a right vs left issue.

This is a government abusing their own people and carrying out illegal and immoral activities on our behalf issue, and we have every right to know!!

I have been frustrated with people on the left whom I normally support who have come out hard against these exposures.

People on both the left and the right can, and do, succumb to power hoarding and secrecy and it's whistleblowers like Manning and Snowden along with organizations like the ACLU who help to keep our government honest, regardless of which party is in control at any given time.

This should not be a right vs left issue.

This is a government abusing their own people and carrying out illegal and immoral activites on our behalf issue, and we have every right to know!!

I have been frustrated with people on the left whom I normally support who have come out hard against these exposures.

People on both the left and the right can, and do, succumb to power hoarding and secrecy and it's whislteblowers like Manning and Snowden along with organizations like the ACLU who help to keep our government honest, regardless of which party is in control at any given time.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 3:43 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

sorry for the double copy above

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muckapoo1 | June 17, 2014 at 6:59 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 8:01 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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muckapoo1 | June 17, 2014 at 9:36 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 17, 2014 at 11:21 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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CaliforniaDefender | June 18, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Back to the REAL debate...

How do you support the military, but not the government?

If the government does something bad (such as invading a country using false pretext), isn't the military guilty as well?

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CaliforniaDefender | June 18, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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CaliforniaDefender | June 18, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

It isn't about privilege. It is about fairness.

That is the core of American values and libertarian principles.

If I am to remain true to those, I must put aside my personal feelings and defend those who are being treated unfairly no matter who they are.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 18, 2014 at 10:59 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

CA Defender is absolutely correct here.

And this debate is like something from the 80s.

I guess if Manning hadn't been gay or trans and had been a conservtaive manly white male, Jean and Muckapoo would have a totally different opinion of him given the same exact actions.

That's quite a shame.

Likewise, if Manning had done what he did in North Korea or Iran or another "enemy" state, the U.S. Government would be calling him a hero and a political prisoner.

Well she IS a political prisoner, being held in our own country, and it's disgraceful.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 18, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Good point Duck.

If Manning looked like Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge, most would support his actions:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LYY10834mHA/UQNQLIzJX8I/AAAAAAAAKeg/6hf5G_uBemk/s1600/Heartbreak+Ridge.jpg

What if Bush looked like this?

http://people.sambawalker.com/imgs/peopleFot/future/woody-allen.jpg

Or if Obama looked like this?

http://pathfindersolns.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Steve-urkel-300x225.jpg

Would they have been elected? No and no.

Appearance always trumps substance.

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Missionaccomplished | June 18, 2014 at 1:38 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

QUOTE OF THE DAY from Muckkkapoop1:

"I not a bigot nor a racist because "

Does he really believe his own lies??? The chutzpah is beyond belief!!!

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JeanMarc | June 18, 2014 at 2:03 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I see you completely ignored what I said. I guess you have no reasonable, logical response.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 18, 2014 at 2:58 p.m. ― 4 months, 2 weeks ago

You have the right to any opinion and free speech (unless you own an NBA team).

But laws are different and must be fairly applied to everyone.

That is why Prop 8 was wrong as it prohibited marriage by some.

I would be perfectly fine if Prop 8 prohibited ALL marriage, making domestic partnerships the legal standard. But not some.

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Greg Magnus | June 20, 2014 at 7:14 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Please keep your comments related to the article. Discussion that is off topic or unrelated to the story will be removed.

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SalULoyd | June 20, 2014 at 8:09 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Sheeeesh! Lot of you guys and gals on a roll! lol Many off topic comments, there CA.

Sure there are free speech issues here, with Manning and Snowden. As far as Sterling, he belonged to a league, CA Off. They can vote him in or they can vote him OUT. Oh, and my the way, I trust you have enough political knowledge to realize that NO right in the Bill of Rights is absolute.

NFL change the name, change the name!

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muckapoo1 | June 20, 2014 at 8:14 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Greggy, it is relevant that this gay is also a sex changer. You write that it was a love of country for the leaks. Perhaps you should be looking at where it got the huge sums of money it takes to do that. Is it possible it was paid to do it? Look in to it for us.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 20, 2014 at 11:06 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

KPBS, I have not initiated any of the off-topic conversations, I have only responded to them.

I have also tried to have a discussion about Manning's actions, but others have side-tracked the conversation by making homophobic posts.

I won't remain silent when people are posting absurd and hurtful things such as "gays are equal to pedophiles" or "gays should be persecuted".

I'm not sure why you would delete my posts condemning these ridiculous comments.

Furthermore, I say let the comments of the bigots remain also; they only make themselves look silly.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 20, 2014 at 11:21 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

I give you exhibit A: the second comment above this one from Muckapoo.

I'm sure it will be deleted by the censorship board soon, but it's a prime example of how ignorance and bigotry go hand-in-hand.

Manning is a political prisoner and I would hope other countries and the UN would condemn the United States government for punishing a whistle blower who exposed government wrong doing to the world!

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