Manning “felt in hindsight that if he’d been able to talk with Danny Clark, that might have prevented these acts because he felt like, ‘If Danny had told me not to do that, I definitely wouldn’t have done that,”’ the psychiatrist, Navy Captain David Moulton, testified.
Clark did not respond on Friday to telephone and e-mail queries.
Manning apologized on Wednesday for the harm he caused by leaking the information. He did not apologize, though, for exposing what he considered wrongdoing by the US military and duplicitous diplomacy by the Department of State.
Speaking to Manning supporters after Friday’s session, defense attorney David Coombs acknowledged that Wednesday had been a tough day for Manning because it was “family day.” There was testimony that day from Manning’s older sister and an aunt, who both spoke of his difficult childhood with an alcoholic mother and the eventual split of the family after his parents divorced. The soldier got to spend about an hour and a half with family after Wednesday’s session, Coombs said.