Bradley Manning Apologizes for Leaking Classified Material: ‘I’m Sorry That it Hurt the United States’

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Bradley Manning has taken the stand during his sentencing hearing for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks and has apologized for hurting the United States and others.

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives at a military court facility for the first day of the sentencing phase of his trial at Fort Meade, Md. on July 31, 2013. (Getty Images)

Manning gave an unsworn statement Wednesday, which means he cannot be cross-examined by prosecutors. He began with an apology.

He says “I’m sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that it hurt the United States.”

Manning says he understood what he was doing and the decisions he made. However, he says he did not believe at the time that leaking the information would cause harm.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for the leaks.