This is the first audio we've heard of Manning since his arrest. Below I have a 5 minute compilation of his 70 minute long overall statement (via Greenwald), which has been leaked. It's worth listening to this because our government is taking extraordinary efforts to prevent us from hearing him explain himself in his own words.
Also a worthwhile commentary from another famous leaker, Daniel Ellsberg, in response to Manning. Manning is the personification of hero. Really he's the only one that followed the law. He reported the crimes he saw when others refused though they have a legal obligation to do so under our treaty obligations, and hence under our Constitution. I didn't know this, but he's been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Obviously well deserved. Officials in Tunisia have repeatedly nominated him. As you may know his exposures were the main impetus behind the Arab Spring which started in Tunisia in response to the information he made available and is a key cause of the reforms there. What he has done is created so much good and at the same time there's no reason to think the exposures have placed a single person in danger. You couldn't ask for a more positive event.
For the Obama administration doing the right thing is a punishable offense. This prosecution is truly a disgrace. But I don't think Obama loses any sleep over this. According to Chomsky some African American activists met with Obama after his election and apparently left the meeting somewhat in shock and said that Obama is a man that "has no moral center." What would you expect from a person that repeatedly punishes the good and rewards the wicked. Don't expect a benevolent leader to save us. We're going to have to change things ourselves.