(LONDON) — Susan Manning, the mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, spoke out in her first interview since her son’s arrest, published Sunday by the Daily Mail.
Manning was arrested in 2010 for allegedly supplying Wikileaks with hundreds of thousands of secret military documents.
In the Daily Mail article Susan Manning and her sister Sharon Staples revealed details about Manning’s childhood and personal life, as well as their first reactions to seeing him in the press.
“For a second, I thought, what the hell is Bradley doing on the telly? Then I sat down and listened to what he was being accused of,” Staples said.
Manning most recently appeared in court July 30, during which he was found guilty of more than 20 crimes but acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy.
For Manning’s mother, the acquittal provides a glimmer of hope. “Never give up hope, son. I know I may never see you again but I know you will be free one day. I pray it is soon. I love you, Bradley and I always will,” Susan Manning said.
Manning could face up to 136 years in prison.
The sentencing hearings are set to continue until August 23.
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