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Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old U.S. Army Private, says he leaked the largest collection of classified documents in history to show the true costs of war. He now faces life in prison — or even the death penalty — because of it.
When Manning was finally allowed to speak in his own defense in court, military censors prevented the release of a complete transcript. Democracy Now! obtained and broadcast a secret recording of these remarks.
Whether or not you agree with what Bradley Manning did, you could make an informed decision based on what he said — in his own words, in his own voice:
"I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general."
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