Manning says he first tried to leak to Washington Post and New York Times
Soldier reads 35-page personal statement revealing how he came to leak information to WikiLeaks after failing elsewhere
Ed Pilkington at Fort Meade
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 February 2013 13.12 EST

Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse for a pre-trial hearing in Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.
Bradley Manning said he only went to WikiLeaks after being rebuffed by US news organisations. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Bradley Manning has revealed to his court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland, that he tried to leak US state secrets to the Washington Post, New York Times and Politico before he turned in frustration to the new anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning, the US solider accused of the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, read out a 35-page statement to the court that contained new detail on how he came to download and then transmit a massive trove of secrets to WikiLeaks. It contains the bombshell disclosure that he wanted to go to mainstream American media but found them impenetrable.

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