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Bradley Manning’s Family Life Is Issue In Court Proceeding

August 15, 2013

Some of the inside information on Bradley Manning’s home life was made known today in the court proceedings leading up to his sentencing.  Today showcased what many suspected.  I have long felt his parents played a role in this matter by not allowing for a more nurturing environment to grow up in, and should have counseled strongly that the military was not a healthy option for him.

Manning’s older sister, Casey Major, earlier told the court her and her brother’s childhood was characterized by alcoholic parents and neglect, part of a day’s testimony that has focused on intensely personal details of the convicted Army private’s life.

She told the court their mother drank hard liquor and was drunk just about every day, but, ”growing up, when you are around it all the time, you kind of think it’s normal.”

Her mother, she said, would start drinking around lunchtime and “it was continuous until she passed out or went to bed.”

It wasn’t until Major was about 13 that she realized her parents “had a problem with alcohol,” she said.

Manning’s sister’s testimony followed testimony by Navy Capt. David Moulton, a forensic psychiatrist, that the young private’s struggle with gender identity, coupled with abnormal personality traits and his “very high level of stress,” led to his decision to release the information to WikiLeaks.

“He became, I think, very enthralled in this idea that the things he was finding were injustices that he felt he morally needed to right. … [It was] very in line with, I think, his belief system of righting wrongs,” Moulton said. “He knew he had an oath to his job as a soldier, but this conflicted to his ideology, as well.

“Manning was under the impression that his leaked information was going to really change how the world views the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and future wars, quite frankly,” Moulton said.

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