August 14th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

Bradley Manning apologizes, tells court he must pay price

Convicted leaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning acknowledged Wednesday that by leaking tens of thousands of pages of classified documents he "hurt people and hurt the United States."

"I understood what I was doing was wrong but I didn't appreciate the broader effects of my actions," he said during his sentencing hearing at Maryland's Fort Meade. "I only wanted to help people, not hurt people."

The former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos to WikiLeaks. The counts against him included violations of the Espionage Act. He was found guilty of 20 of the 22 charges against him, and he could face up to 90 years in prison if the judge imposes the maximum sentence.

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  1. BOMBO

    Well I guess I get to make the first REAL comment on this one.

    I think he should get 90, but parole after about 2 years. Conditional. If the gov can show someone died from his actions, he goes right back in to finish the 90.

    August 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    the military really need to psych eval its analyst working in sensitive areas...manning came across as an undiagnosed basket case: manic, impulsive and neurotic...or even add-overdrive...it is good that he has remorse...perhaps they've medicated him and that helped him to realized the impact of his actions...seems to be misplacement of good intentions...nonetheless maybe the military should eval its personnel state of mind routinely and their contacts...every 6 months...once a year to avoid these situ in the future...im sure the flags were there...just no process to catch them...

    August 15, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      You neglected to mention that Manning was a gender confused h0m0sechsual who got in a tiff with fellow soldiers who were mocking the drag queen he was dating while in Basic at Fort Huachuca, which is sort of why once upon a time they weren't allowed in the Army. Then came Clinton and Don't Ask/Don't Tell, and Massachusetts h0m0sechsual Barney Franks repealing the prohibition. Alas, gays won't ruin the military, since after 0bama's sequestration there won't be a military left to ruin!

      August 15, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    GOP in passing on the specifics of the $85 billion spending cuts to the White and not coming up with their own besides tax reduction for the super rich , share the pinch essential services are facing not necessarily the military.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    2.3 trillion dollars missing from Pentagon coffers as announced by Rumsfeld a day before 9/11 " a matter of life & death for us" is what he had said, billions missing in Iraq, wastage on projects we would seldom learn about and which are shelved. Spending cuts are a necessity considering the national debt & deficit.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    And no these won't ruin our military.
    Its the mindset pushing for perpetual wars that would be our military's undoing.
    As for Manning he broke laws which governed his service with the military and is punished.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I blame the failed policies of Warren G. Harding, George.

    August 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Garrett

    Exceptional post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

    August 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |