Manning: I’m Not a Pacifist

    FORT MEADE, MD - FEBRUARY 23:  Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted away from his Article 32 hearing February 23, 2012 in Fort Meade, Maryland. During the hearing, Manning deferred his plea to the 22 charges against him and deferred a decision over whether he wanted a military judge or a jury to hear his case.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks source formerly known as Bradley Manning, came forward Wednesday to publicly dispute the claim that she was motivated to leak the information in an effort for peace. “It’s not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for ‘peace,’” Manning wrote in a statement to the Guardian. “I accept that there may be ‘peaceful’ or ‘anti-war’ implications to my actions—but this is purely based on your subjective interpretation of the primary source documents released in 2010-11.” Specifically, Manning referenced the 2013 Sean McBride peace award, which he was awarded in absentia in March. Manning called herself a “transparency advocate” when she leaked the hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. army documents to WikiLeaks.

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