LONDON — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning says she does not consider herself a pacifist for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. Rather, she sees herself as an advocate for transparency.
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 documents to the anti-secrecy website.
Manning said in a statement to the Guardian newspaper that she was surprised to learn a peace award had been accepted on her behalf.
She said she does not consider herself a pacifist, anti-war or a conscientious objector, but rather a “transparency advocate.”
Manning, previously known as Bradley, said after her sentencing that she wishes to live as a woman.
In Wednesday’s statement, Manning said she’d prefer not to be referred to by her military rank.