In her first public statement since being sentenced to 35 years in prison, Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) says that she rejects being called a “pacifist.” Manning recently received the 2013 Sean MacBride peace award, which was accepted by Ann Wright, a retired US army colonel who has now become a prominent peace activist. But the young soldier says she had no idea she had been nominated for the award. “I had absolutely no idea I received this award, let alone accepted it,” Manning wrote on Tuesday. “In fact, I first found out about the award when I began receiving mail containing quotes from Ms. Wright’s acceptance speech.”     

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