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Manning Seeks Presidential Pardon for Actions “Made Out of My Concern”

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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking top secret information to WikiLeaks that according to her lawyer, did not merit protection.

Defense attorney David Coombs filed documents for the petition on Tuesday, which were made public Wednesday with the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of the Army, according to the Associated Press.

In her petition for pardon and release from prison, Manning wrote, “The decisions I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in.”

Manning, 25, said she leaked more than 700,000 military and State Department records in order to show that the while the United States was fighting two wars, it had “consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the L.A. Times reports. The leaked material included video footage of a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq that killed civilians.

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In her pardon, Manning said she regrets if her actions caused harm.

Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, declared her desire to live as a woman while serving a 35- year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Last week Coombs wrote on a blog post that Manning was doing well as she goes through processing at Fort Leavenworth, said the Associated Press.

Sources: Associated Press, L.A. Times