1. EXPLANATION

    Text of Manning’s Letter to Obama Disclosed

    US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives alongside military officials at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on August 21, 2013. A sentencing decision will be announced later Wednesday.

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    Bradley Manning’s statement to President Obama following his sentencing Wednesday has been revealed. Read by defense attorney David Coombs, the letter starts: “The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We've been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.” And that’s just the beginning.

    Says he did it “out of a love for my country.”

    Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs reads the letter Manning wrote to President Obama.

    Read it at The Huffington Post