It's impossible to understand how a young man is capable of betraying his own country, because he feels rejected by his own peers and just because he feels lousy because of his social life, as said in the video at 'The Guardian' link below. Has he really an ethical thought of helping out American citizens with excuses such as the text says below, or did he do it to spite everyone? Mind you, ever since Bradley Manning and Julian Assange meddled into secret files, thousands of people were killed in the Middle East and North Africa just to get a harsher dictator into ruling their lives with Sharia laws!
Manning plea statement: Americans had a right to know 'true cost of war'
After admitting guilt in 10 of 22 charges, soldier reveals how he came to share classified documents with WikiLeaks and talks of 'bloodlust' of US helicopter crew
Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of the biggest unauthorised disclosure of state secrets in US history, has pleaded guilty to being the source of the leak, telling a military court that he passed the information to a whistleblowing website because he believed the American people had a right to know the "true costs of war".
At a pre-trial hearing on a Maryland military base, Manning, 25, who faces spending the rest of his life in military custody, read out a 35-page statement in which he gave an impassioned account of his motives for transmitting classified documents and videos he had obtained while working as an intelligence analyst outside Baghdad.
Ed Pilkington at Fort Meade, Maryland
The Guardian, Thursday 28 February 2013 22.21 GMT
Manning reveals motives for leaking military secrets to to Wikileaks
The US soldier accused of leaking large numbers of secret documents to Wikileaks has pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him. But Private Bradley Manning, has denied the most serious charge against him, aiding the enemy, and may still be prosecuted and be sentenced to life in prison. Private Manning also revealed his motives for leaking the documents saying he wanted to generate public discussion.