In Her First Interview, Chelsea Manning Explains Why She Went to Prison for You

In her first interview since being released from prison, whistleblower said she felt “responsibility to the public.”

(COMMONDREAMS) — US Chelsea Manning has given her first interview since being released from prison last month in which she explains her motivations for making public thousands of military documents.

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Asked about why she leaked the trove of documents, she says, “I have a responsibility to the public … we all have a responsibility.”

“We’re getting all this information from all these different sources and it’s just death, destruction, mayhem.”

“We’re filtering it all through facts, statistics, reports, dates, times, locations, and eventually, you just stop,” she adds. “I stopped seeing just statistics and information, and I started seeing people.”

Asked by Hing what she would tell President Obama, Manning, choking up, says, “I’ve been given a chance,” she says. “That’s all I asked for was a chance.”

Watch excerpts from the interview below:

by Andrea GermanosCreative Commons / Common Dreams / Report a typo

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