Transcript: Ret. Col. Ann Wright’s remarks on PFC Bradley Manning’s 35-year sentence
Transcript of remarks by retired Army Col. Ann Wright, a former State Department official who resigned in 2003 to protest the Iraq War, at a press conference after PFC Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in confinement. The press conference was held on Aug. 21, 2013 at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland.
As a retired U.S. Army officer – 29 years in the U.S. military – and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned 10 years ago in opposition to the war in Iraq, I appreciate very much people who are willing to stand to our government when they see that there are crimes being committed in the name of our government to be able to say to the American people, “I know what’s going on.”
A person like Bradley Manning is that type of person who’s revealed things that our government was doing that we as the public needed to know.
I’m distressed very much that this young man had to go to jail for revealing these things that we needed to understand.
I appreciate very much what the defense team has done, and the appellate process will be a very important one for Bradley Manning.
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