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Picture of Bradley Manning Dressed as Woman Released by U.S. Army

| by Michael Allen

The U.S. Army has released a black and white picture of whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning dressed as a woman, which he emailed to Master Sergeant Paul Adkins on April, 24 2010 with the subject line "My Problem."

Adkins took the stand today during Manning's court martial trial at the Fort Meade military base in Maryland.

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Adkins tried to explain why he decided not to forward commanders the email, noted the Daily Mail.

"I really didn't think at the time that having a picture floating around of one of my soldiers in drag was in the best interests of the intel mission," said Adkins, who held onto the picture for a year and a half after Manning's arrest.

"I thought at the time that it was something that was being handled by his therapists and, had I forwarded it [to commanders], I was concerned that the photo would be disseminated among the staff."

Adkins also recalled when he found Manning curled up in a "fetal position" with a knife nearby.

Manning's lawyer David Coombs has called around a dozen of Manning's former supervisors to the stand to show that his psychological welfare was neglected by the U.S. military.

Coombs is trying to show how the U.S. military missed repeated opportunities to removed Manning's security clearance, which would have prevented his leaking U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.

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Source: Daily Mail