The following is a rush transcript by Common Dreams of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday following the announcement of his 35-year prison sentence by a military court:
The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war.
We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on a ny traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.