Baltimore - Army Private Chelsea Manning said in a statement to
a London newspaper that she does not consider herself a pacifist for leaking
classified information to WikiLeaks. Rather, she sees herself as an advocate
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction
on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700 000 documents to the
Manning said in a statement to the Guardian newspaper
published on Wednesday that she was surprised to learn a peace award had been
accepted on her behalf.
But Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, said in a post on his
website on Wednesday that they had discussed the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award
Coombs said he had spoken with Manning Wednesday morning and
she remembered the conversations. Coombs said Manning said she had recently
received mail about the award, and thought it was about a new award.
In the statement to the Guardian, Manning said she does not
consider herself a pacifist, anti-war or a conscientious objector, but rather a
Manning, previously known as Bradley, said after her
sentencing that she wishes to live as a woman.
In Wednesday's statement, Manning said she'd prefer not to
be referred to by her military rank, preferring the title "Ms".