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Michael Ratner on Bradley Manning's Courtroom Statement and the Outrage that Drove Him to Act
Michael Ratner, Julian Assange's attorney, says that Manning believed that the public had the right to know about US war crimes
"I guess for me sitting in the courtroom, and seeing this young man, only 22 years old. Joined the military at 20 years old and at 22 he started uploading documents to Wikileaks because he was so disturbed. It made you realize what a hero Bradley Manning is. I mean, here he saw what the US military was doing—what they were doing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, and what the state department was doing. And he decided that he should do something about it. And unfortunately, he's going to pay a high price for it."