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Bradley Manning: I Hurt The United States
Bradley Manning has told a court martial he is sorry for his actions and admits he hurt the US by passing classified documents to WikiLeaks.
He told a military judge at his sentencing hearing at Fort Meade: "I'm sorry that my actions have hurt people and have hurt the United States."
The soldier made the apology during an unsworn statement, which means he cannot be cross-examined by prosecutors.
Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for leaking the information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.
The 25-year-old said he understood what he was doing and the decisions he made.
However, he said he did not believe at the time that leaking the information would cause harm.
Earlier, an Army psychologist testified, saying Manning's private struggle with his gender identity in a hostile workplace put incredible pressure on him.
Manning eventually came out to Captain Michael Worsley and emailed the therapist a photo of himself wearing a wig of long, blonde hair and lipstick.
The photo was attached to a letter titled "My problem", in which Manning describes his personal issues and his hope that a military career would "get rid of it".
During his testimony Cpt Worsley said the soldier had little to no support base.
He said: "You put him in that kind of hyper-masculine environment, if you will, with little support and few coping skills, the pressure would have been difficult to say the least. It would have been incredible."
Manning's lawyers contend that the soldier showed clear signs of deteriorating mental health that should have prevented commanders from sending him to a warzone to handle classified information.
Cpt Worsley also described some military leaders as lax at best and obstructionist at worst when it came to tending to troop mental health.
He said some in Manning's brigade "had difficulty understanding" recommendations the doctor would make regarding the needs of some soldiers.
"I questioned why they would want to leave somebody in a position with the issue they had," Cpt Worsley said of troubled soldiers.
Navy Captain David Moulton, a psychiatrist who spent 21 hours interviewing Manning after his arrest, testified as a defence witness that Manning's gender identity disorder combined with narcissistic personality traits, post-adolescent idealism and his lack of friends in Iraq caused him to reasonably conclude he could change the world by leaking classified information.
"He became very enthralled with this idea that the things that he was finding were injustices that he felt he morally needed to right," said Cpt Moulton.
He said Manning was struggling to balance his desire to right wrongs with his sense of duty to complete his Army tasks and his fear of losing education benefits and the opportunity to attend college.
Cpt Moulton said: "His decision-making capacity was influenced by the stress of his situation for sure.
"He was under severe emotional stress at the time of the alleged offences."