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Leaked Audio of Bradley Manning’s Providence Inquiry Statement

In Bradley Manning, Manning, News on March 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM



Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation published the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.

While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning.

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He explains to the military court in his own cadence and words how and why he gave the Apache helicopter video, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Logs, and the State Department Diplomatic Cables to WikiLeaks. Manning explains his motives, noting how he believed the documents showed deep wrongdoing by the government and how he hoped that the release would “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.” In conjunction with the statement, Private First Class Manning also pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him.

Related Links:

A Salute to Bradley Manning, Whistleblower, As We Hear His Words for the First Time

Finally: Hear Bradley Manning in His Own Voice

Who Leaked Bradley Manning’s Court Statement Audio?

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  2. […] this morning I started covering the news of a leaked copy of Bradley Manning’s recent one-hour court statement explaining why he leaked all those documents, and a key video, to WikiLeaks.  Now the guessing […]

  3. […] Freedom of the Press Foundation leaked the audio to its website Monday, an hour and seven minute-long statement, as well as transcripts of […]

  4. […] Related Link: Leaked Audio of Bradley Manning’s Providence Inquiry Statement […]

  5. […] quality of the audio recording of Bradley Manning’s plea speech suggests that the tape could have been leaked by the government itself rather than some rogue […]

  6. […] which was prepared in advance, could have been released the same day, but it was also withheld. An audio version of the speech was leaked, and Alexa O’Brien, an independent journalist, rushed a transcript out […]

  7. […] certain individuals.” The announcement comes in response to last month’s publication of an audio recording of Bradley Manning’s statement in court taking responsibility for releasing documents to […]

  8. […] retrospect I should have worked more aggressively inside the system. As we discussed during the Providence statement, I had options and I should have used these […]

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