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Veterans speak out about Bradley Manning
Prosecutors described Bradley Manning as an attention-seeking traitor who damaged US Security. But others regard him as a whistle-blower who was motivated by his concern for the country. Because of Bradley Manning, anyone in the world can access hundreds of thousands of documents and videos they were never meant to see through the website Wikileaks.
The material he released included battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and secrets regarding our country's Iraq military strategy.
Manning, a former intelligence analyst, says he released the material to spark a debate about foreign policy and show quote "the true cost of war."
Veteran Justin Weishaup said, "It bothers me. Our credibility, our everything we have going is jeopardized."
Veteran Val Sherfinski said,"If they catch somebody giving away secrets, he should be stopped. He knew it when he went in; I mean that was his job, right. He was supposed to keep his mouth shut and just analyze and he didn't do that."
We couldn't find anyone in our area that supported what manning did.
Joseph Waites, from Pensacola said, “He is a traitor and i think he should be hung. You don't expose our secrets to anyone."
Jim Landry from Pensacola said, “if somebody can go out and get that information and pass that information on that easy, I think our federal government needs to come up and do a little bit better on security."
Last month Wikileaks founder Julian Assange defended manning to ABC's George Stephanopolous.
Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder said, "A young man, a good man, as far as anyone can tell, motivations are entirely political as far as anyone argues."
Manning's family said in a statement that while they were disappointed in the verdicts, they are happy the judge agreed their son didn't intend to help America’s enemies.