Anti-secrecy group supports soldier accused of leaks
There are new details in the case of an Oklahoma Army intelligence analyst suspected in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
Private 1st Class Bradley Manning is accused of leaking classified government documents to the website wikileaks and he faces a court-martial this spring.
In Feb. 25-year-old Manning pleaded guilty to some of the charges against him.
In a statement, he admitted he illegally gave wikileaks hundreds of thousands of documents as well as a 2007 video of a helicopter attack in Iraq that mistakenly killed innocent civilians.
Tuesday an anti-secrecy group, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, released a recording of that statement.
In the statement, Manning is heard explaining his disenchantment with the US military while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
“We became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and on being suspicious and avoiding cooperation with our host nation partners,” Manning said.
He also said, “They dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as ‘quote, unquote dead bastards.’”
While many disagree, a spokesperson for Freedom of the Press Foundation said they believe Manning’s actions should be commended rather than condemned.
In June, manning will face a court-martial on 12 charges, including the charge of aiding the enemy.
He is already facing a maximum of 20 years in prison for the offenses to which he has already admitted guilt.