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In a 2011 interview, Manning's father said, "People need to understand that he's a young man that had a happy life growing up." He also said that Manning excelled at the saxophone, science, and computers, and created a website at the age of 10.
In early 2010, she leaked classified information to Wiki Leaks and confided this to Adrian Lamo, an online acquaintance.
She spent her days drinking, while Manning was left largely to fend for herself, playing with Legos or on the computer.
Brian would stock up on food before his trips, and leave pre-signed checks that Casey mailed to pay the bills.
Manning attended the town's Tasker Milward secondary school.
A school friend there told Ed Caesar for The Sunday Times that Manning's personality was "unique, extremely unique.