Convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning told the audience in Massachusetts that she is not an “American traitor” and she did what she thought was ethical.
“I believe I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision,” Manning told the attendees of the annual Nantucket Project conference in Massachusetts after being asked whether she is a traitor for leaking classified documents, Star and Stripes reported.
The 29-year-old was convicted in 2013 for espionage and sentenced to spend 35 years in jail. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in his last days as the commander-in-chief.
Manning told Eugene Jarecki, an award-winning documentary director and the event’s moderator, that the U.S. as a “police state” following Harvard University’s decision on Friday to rescind invitation to become a visiting fellow.
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