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Chelsea Manning requests Presidential pardon through attorney

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking reams of classified information that her lawyer says did not merit protection.

The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs filed a day earlier with the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of the Army.

Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, has declared her desire to live as a woman while serving a 35-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

In her petition for pardon and commutation of sentence, Manning writes: "The decisions I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in."

The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq that killed civilians.

Manning says she regrets if her actions caused harm.

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