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GI's supporters release audio recording of his statement explaining why he leaked US secrets

Some supporters of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy are releasing a leaked audio recording of his explanation for giving U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation posted the 68-minute recording of Pfc. Bradley Manning on its website Tuesday. It's from a Feb. 28 court-martial pretrial hearing at Fort Meade.

News organizations reported on his statement at the hearing, but no spectators were allowed to record the proceedings.

The foundation was co-founded by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg says he doesn't know who made the recording.

He says his group felt it was time for the public to hear Manning's voice.

Manning has pleaded guilty to some reduced charges but still faces trial in June on counts including aiding the enemy.

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