Obama commutes much of Chelsea Manning’s sentence

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Obama commutes much of Chelsea Manning's sentence

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President Barack Obama has shortened the prison sentence of former Army private and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, She will be released on May 17, instead of remaining in military custody until 2045 as originally sentenced.

Manning had leaked to WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of US government documents that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary. She was convicted by a US Army Court Martial to 35 years’ imprisonment prison in August 2013, under the Espionage Act.

BREAKING: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking to WikiLeaks. She will be freed on May 17. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/us/politics/obama-commutes-bulk-of-chelsea-mannings-sentence.html 

Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Chelsea Manning to Be Released Early as Obama Commutes Sentence

The Army intelligence analyst convicted in a 2010 leak of security documents is set to be freed this May instead of in 2045.

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I visited Chelsea Manning & spent countless hours on phone w/her. Damage is palpable. UN found she was abused. Clemency is only moral option

Formerly known as Bradley Manning, the whistleblower requested the military provide her sexual reassignment surgery to align with her gender dysphoria, identifying as a woman. The Department of Defense initially rejected that request, only to eventually signal approval. With Manning’s impending release, that issue is now moot.

BREAKING: Pres. Obama commutes vast majority of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence, White House says; sentence to end May 17, 2017.

“I’m relieved and thankful that the president is doing the right thing and commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence,” Chase Strangio, the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project staff attorney representing Manning, said. “Since she was first taken into custody, Chelsea has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement — including for attempting suicide — and has been denied access to medically necessary health care. This move could quite literally save Chelsea’s life, and we are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many.”

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor and whistleblower, tweeted, “Let it be said here in earnest, with good heart: Thanks, Obama.”  Snowden, who is similarly charged under the Espionage Act and living in asylum in Russia, had been vocal about his hope that Manning would receive clemency before Obama left office.

READ MORE: Manning commutation could set up Assange extradition to US

Among Manning’s leaks was video footage that went viral and came to be known as “Collateral Murder.” The disturbing Army video filmed from an Apache helicopter shows indiscriminate shooting on a small crowd in an Iraqi suburb. Two Reuters journalists were killed and two children were wounded, among other deaths and injuries.

Manning is one of 273 people “given a second chance,” the White House announced Tuesday, tallying up Obama’s commutation grants and pardons. The president has so far pardoned 212 individuals and issued 1,385 grants of commutation.

Manning’s 2010 online chat with ex-hacker Adrian Lamo was instrumental in revealing her as the leaker of hundreds of thousands of classified documents and diplomatic cables. Lamo turned Manning in to authorities after she confided in him.

“[I] wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as boy…[sic],” Manning wrote to Lamo.

The information Manning leaked “might change something,” she hoped.

“I want people to see the truth… regardless of who they are… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public,” she told Lamo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Obama commutes much of Chelsea Manning’s sentence

  1. Reblogged this on D. M. Hutchins and commented:
    I’m not sure what to make of this. On the one hand I am pleased to see that a Whistleblower is getting out of prison. On the other hand I am not pleased to see yet another advocate of the destruction of the MASCULINE in American culture. This individual will undoubtedly attempt to cash in by touring the fake news outlets, and get them self involved in politics and merge freedom fighting with transgenderism… I can do without that sort of thing, personally.

  2. lozzafun says:

    I understand your feelings.. Manning has been through so much, it doesn’t sound like he/she has much fight left… Have you noticed that more and more, people are drug into court for doing what is morally right??…

  3. Indeed, people are being charged with crimes for doing what is right, BECAUSE those running the government(s) are EVIL. So long as good people do nothing, this will be the world we live in. If we unite and fight evil, we could do away with them.

  4. thefreeorg says:

    Chelsea was not pardoned.. her sentence was only reduced.. so no need for Assange to surrender as promised.

  5. lozzafun says:

    That’s right!… FULL pardon would have been expected if Assaunge was to extradite.. Thanks for the reminder!

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