Manning rejects ‘pacifist’ label after document leaks

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.

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