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Before Leaving Office, Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

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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 Comments

  1. Godzilla January 17, 2017

    The whole Obama Presidency is a joke!

    Reply
    1. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

      OK. Backing up a few weeks, though, you said you wanted jail time for people who spread fake news. Since that time, you’ve posted numerous untrue stories. I keep asking you, but you never seem to answer – how many years prison do you think you’ve earned by now? It’s gotta be at least six or seven decades by my count.

    2. OriginalUpmuuchtoolate January 17, 2017

      retarded

  2. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

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

    Reply
    1. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

      How so? Oh right, the President is black and according to your dumb racist worldview isn’t allowed to exercise his powers like every other President.

      1. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

        Funny how you introduce race into everything. This lady man was convicted of serious Federal crimes and all that is just inked away by BO….why, I wonder?

        1. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

          Yeah it’s a real mystery why I keep bringing up your racism and your support of treason whenever you post your ridiculously stupid opinions.

          1. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            It’s only racism in your race baiting mind. What a waste of plasma.

          2. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            Yes, I get that you – like any America-hating traitor – want to downplay your racism and treason. Weird!

          3. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            ^ mental.

          4. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            See previous post.

          5. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Already did, see mine loony.

          6. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            See previous two posts.

          7. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            You are so original.

          8. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            See previous three posts.

        2. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

          Also, nice trans/homophobia there. As per usual when you mouth-breathing cretins bring up your massive insecurites, I gotta point out that it’s a symptom of your own repressed sexuality.

          1. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            You are certifiable. Can’t respond to the claim?

          2. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            Touched a nerve hey.

          3. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            No, you just have a serious mental problem.

          4. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            OK Billette. If you’re not comfortable with your own sexuality, who am I to judge. You keep on pretending to hate gay people while being secretly fascinated.

          5. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Yeaaahhh. Ok.

          6. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            Weird how you can’t seem to let this go.

          7. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Pot, kettle? What a loser.

          8. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            Why are you so upset about this? (Rhetorical question)

          9. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Funny.

          10. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            OK Gay Bill.

          11. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            What do you have against gays lib?

          12. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            “You’re the real homophobe!!!1!”
            I dunno why bigots invariably attempt this tactic – it has literally never worked! – but it’s always hilarious.

          13. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            You, on the other hand, are a douchebag.

          14. Jim Samaras January 17, 2017

            And a hopeless septic filler….lol

          15. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Thanks for the support.

          16. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            Yeah. Delicate neo-Nazis like you got to stick together in your safe spaces.

          17. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            I get that you’re super upset that your deepest darkest secret is out, but ineffectual childish abuse won’t change anything.

          18. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

            Nothing will change you, foregone conclusion.

          19. I Am Helpy January 17, 2017

            Weird how our longest interaction has been you strenuously denying your obvious homosexuality.
            It’s almost like you’re more upset about that – FOR SOME REASON – than having your racism or support of ACTUAL TREASON pointed out. What would have to be wrong with you that you’d have that set of priorities?

          20. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            You are a strange dude, even for a liberal. Your quadruple standards aside.

          21. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            Gay Bill, you got to admit it’s weird how you just can’t. let. this. go.

          22. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            As I said.

          23. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            Strange how – just because you can’t come to terms with your sexuality – you become abusive.

          24. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            Your babbling has gone beyond boring. Bye.

          25. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            You have now replied to me more than 10 times than you ever have before.

            What is up with that, do you think?

          26. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            See previous post.

          27. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            See previous post.

          28. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            That never gets old, does it.

          29. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            See previous two posts.

          30. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            Tou still babbling on? How thick can you get.

          31. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            See previous three posts.

    2. OriginalUpmuuchtoolate January 17, 2017

      Like the bigFU Trump gave to the CIA, FBI, NSA and every other intelligence agent who puts their lives on the line to keep this country safe???

      1. Bill Smith 999935 January 17, 2017

        Other way around.

        1. OriginalUpmuuchtoolate January 17, 2017

          lol Yeah, they are mostly military and republican. They don’t like to be insulted by the president. Be assured they are now highly motivate to find the link between Trump and putin.

        2. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

          So literally every intelligence agency in the West hates Trump for no particular reason, and you expect him to be an effective President? Huh. I mean, I knew you were dumb, but holy hell.

          1. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            He already is, and he’s not been inaugurated yet.

          2. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            Hahaha wow. You’re almost as delusional as President No Puppet.

          3. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            You are not paying attention to what’s going on around you.

          4. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

            Yes it’s everyone else that’s wrong, not you – a shut-in racist geriatric with no education.

        3. The lucky one January 18, 2017

          So youthink Trump put his life on the line to keep this country safe??? Bwah hahahahah

          1. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            No, those agencies and their Obama sycophants are trying to lay as many landmines as they can for the new administration. Keep it classy lbs. Bwah hahahah

          2. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            So they should have been more classy like the GOP was when Obama came in huh? Bwah hahahaha

            Don’t equate libs and Dems, many Dems are not libs.

          3. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            They were just trying to stop the train wreck. Finally did in November. Libs and Dems are close enough to equal for my taste.

          4. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            “They were just trying to stop the train wreck.” Yes, the same rationale being offered by by those who oppose Trump.

            “Libs and Dems are close enough to equal for my taste.” Then maybe you should try paying closer attention.

          5. Bill Smith 999935 January 18, 2017

            No, I pay very close attention.

          6. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            If you say so and I guess it depends on how you define a liberal. I find very few “liberals” in the Dems though there was at one time and may be again given the irrelevance and rightward shift of its present leadership.

            I find the majority in both parties to be consistent sycophants of the corporate oligarchy, nearly all Repubs and a majority of Dems.

            Trump is a bit different. Instead of being a servant of the oligarchy he’s a member.

  3. Jim Samaras January 17, 2017

    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

    Reply
    1. I Am Helpy January 18, 2017

      Yeah, that’s the dumbest possible take on this, and with the expected amount of homophobia and transphobia from a Trump supporter. Well done!

    2. itsfun January 18, 2017

      I wonder when Obama is going in for a operation?

      1. Jim Samaras January 18, 2017

        Waiting for an appointment with Michelles doctor in Chicago

    3. The lucky one January 18, 2017

      “This person put who knows how many lives at risk” Apparently none.

      It’s about time that Obama released the witness especially since the perps of the crime Manning revealed were never punished.

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    Reply
  5. I of John January 18, 2017

    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.

    Reply
    1. itsfun January 18, 2017

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

      1. I of John January 18, 2017

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

        1. itsfun January 18, 2017

          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?

          1. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            “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?

          2. itsfun January 18, 2017

            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.

          3. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            ” 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.

          4. itsfun January 18, 2017

            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?

          5. The lucky one January 18, 2017

            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.

      2. The lucky one January 18, 2017

        Easy answer NONE.

  6. Godzilla January 18, 2017

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

    Reply

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