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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst behind the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history, the White House said.

Manning has been a focus of a worldwide debate on government secrecy since she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables, and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks – a leak for which she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.

Manning, formerly known as U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman.

Manning, who is held at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, military prison, accepted responsibility for leaking the material, and has said she was confronting gender dysphoria at the time of the leaks while deployed in Iraq. Her sentence will now expire on May 17, the White House said.

Manning was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave WikiLeaks a trove of diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts that included a 2007 gunsight video of a U.S. Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Iraq, killing a dozen people including two Reuters news staff.

Her attorney had argued her sentence exceeded international legal norms, and she has twice attempted suicide.

(Additional reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Sandra Maler and Grant McCool)

IMAGE: Chelsea Manning is pictured in this 2010 photograph obtained on August 14, 2013.Courtesy U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

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79 responses to “Before Leaving Office, Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence”

  1. Godzilla says:

    The whole Obama Presidency is a joke!

  2. Bill Smith 999935 says:

    Well, that’s a big FU to the criminal justice system.

  3. Jim Samaras says:

    This is an absolute travesty. If this weren’t a tranny he/she would be spending his already lowered sentence in it’s entirety at the handlebar hotel. This person put who knows how many lives at risk and blames “gender dysphoria”? In other words Flip Wilsons routine “The devil made me do it” is the defense. OMG is all I can say! Kinda shows that Obama has a warm spot for them….just sayin

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  5. I of John says:

    Manning came forward and paid for the crimes. Enough is enough. As far as Snowden goes…I can not wait to see him pay for what he has done.

    • itsfun says:

      His/her crime is treason. 7 years is not enough. How many people have died because of this traitor?

      • I of John says:

        A fair question. Apparently none as far as anyone has said.

        • itsfun says:

          When our soldiers are in war fields around the world and classified information get released, then our soldiers are put in harms way, and who can determine how many of them may have been killed because of the leaks?

          • The lucky one says:

            “who can determine how many of them may have been killed because of the leaks?” Good question and the answer thus far is NO ONE, surely not for lack of trying to smear Manning.

            Logically a better case could be argued against Snowden in that regard. But again, despite efforts to do so, no evidence has ever been submitted that any of the leaks led to anyone’s demise.

            How about Cheney and Scooter Libby outing a CIA agent? Were you outraged by that?

          • itsfun says:

            I don’t believe he should be pardoned at all. I also say if Cheney and/or Libby put a CIA agent in danger, they should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law.

          • The lucky one says:

            ” if Cheney and/or Libby put a CIA agent in danger, they should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law.” But they weren’t and there is no question that they outed a CIA agent. No one has of yet documented any harm or danger that Manning’s revelations caused. hell they din’t even cause any harm to the perps he revealed.

          • itsfun says:

            The confidential documents he exposed could have and probably did cause some of our soldiers to get killed. I am not in favor of a double standard for anyone or any party. Are you telling me its okay for a soldier or government official to allow classified government documents to be given to our enemies or compromised?

          • The lucky one says:

            Could have but no evidence they did. Manning attempted to follow the chain of command in reporting criminal acts and to no great surprise to me he was ignored. His conscience led him to do what he did. Was it wise? Well certainly not for him personally and given the 20-20 of hindsight his actions had no discernible effect, not even investigation and prosecution of the criminal acts he exposed.

      • The lucky one says:

        Easy answer NONE.

  6. Godzilla says:

    What should we expect from a traitor, he might as well help a fellow traitor and let it out of jail.

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