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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon.

Manning's attorney David Coombs says the possible pardon is based upon the thousands of classified documents that he claims did not merit protection.

In her petition for pardon and commutation of sentence filed this week with U.S. Department of Justice, Manning writes: "The decisions I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in.''

Chelsea Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, has declared her intention to live as a woman while serving a 35-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kans. Manning is also planning to legally change her name and seek gender reassignment surgery.

The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Iraq that killed civilians. Manning says she regrets if her actions caused any harm.

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