Brad Manning, now known as Chelsea, spoke out publicly for the first time since being arrested for leaking 700,000 documents.
Speaking with ABC News reporter Juju Change, Chelsea claims ‘That’s all I asked for was chance, that’s it. And this is my chance.’
What was meant by that statement is not clear.
Manning stated that after Juju asked what he would like to say to Obama for pardoning his crime.
Originally sentenced to 35 years in jail, the highest for any leaker, President Obama released him after 7 years.
During the interview Manning was asked if he was ever concerned what his leak would do to our national security.
‘No,’ said Manning, who opted not to expound upon her answer.
‘We’re getting all this information from all these different sources and it’s just death, destruction, mayhem,’ said Manning.
‘We’re filtering it all through facts, statistics, reports, dates, times, locations, and eventually, you just stop. I stopped seeing just statistics and information, and I started seeing people.’
According to Manning, all that was hoped of the release is that it would cause public debate and awareness.
‘I work with this information every day. I’m the subject matter expert for this stuff,’ said Manning.
‘You know, we’re the ones who work with it the most. We’re the most familiar with it. It’s not, you know, it’s not a general who writes this stuff.’
Manning also spoke about her hormone treatments, which she was not allowed to receive when she first entered prison when the military denied her request.
In 2015, after almost five years of legal battles and a hunger strike, Manning got her wish and began receiving her hormones.
That victory also came after she attempted to commit suicide on two occasions, which is why the treatment was necessary she explained to Chang.
It’s literally what keeps me alive,’ said Manning of her hormones.
‘It keeps me from feeling like I’m in the wrong body.’
– Daily Mail