Manning tells court he's 'sorry' for US secrets breach to WikiLeaks
FORT MEADE, Maryland (REUTERS) - United States (US) soldier Bradley Manning on Wednesday told a military court "I'm sorry" for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history.
"I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I'm sorry that they hurt the United States," the 25-year-old US Army Private First Class told the sentencing phase of his court-martial. "I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions... The last few years have been a learning experience." Manning spoke quietly and non-defiantly in his first extensive public comments since February.
Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, hurling the pro-transparency website and its founder, Julian Assange, into the world spotlight.
Defence lawyers seeking a milder sentence rested their case on Wednesday after Manning's statement.