Chelsea Manning seeks presidential pardon for leaking classified documents

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking reams of classified information that her lawyer says did not merit protection.

Chelsea Manning

The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs filed a day earlier with the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of the Army.

Manning, who is transgender, has declared her desire to live as a woman while serving a 35-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

In her petition for pardon and commutation of sentence, Manning writes: “The decisions I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in.”

The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq that killed civilians.

Manning says she regrets if her actions caused harm.

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