Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage, exposing national secrets, which resulted in putting American lives in danger. The incident has sparked controversy since it was the catalyst that put Wikileaks on the map. Since his 2013 conviction, which landed him in prison for 35 years, he has received sex hormone therapy, changed his name to Chelsea, on tax payer money, and attempted suicide more than once.
Now, Manning walks free after only serving 7 years of his/her 35 year sentence in a down to the wire pardon by Barack Obama just as he prepares to exit the oval office.
FOX News reported the events of the day.
President Obama commuted the vast majority of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents, the White House announced Tuesday.
The White House said that Manning is one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening. Obama is also pardoning 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.
Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17.
To add to the dissension, two high profile whistleblowers have supported the clemency, which will, no doubt, spark more controversy.
In five more months, you will be free. Thank you for what you did for everyone, Chelsea. Stay strong a while longer! https://t.co/PaLvJDvDbl
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 17, 2017
Jullian Assange is hoping to ride the coattails of the Manning clemency, as he has proposed a deal.
Time Magazine outlines the detail.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday. Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, and if extradited to the U.S., would likely be prosecuted for his involvement in the publication of millions of leaked, secret documents. (He also faces Swedish allegations of rape and sexual assault.)
And as for House Speaker Paul Ryan, well, he’s not so hot on the idea.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 17, 2017
Donald Trump is facing a huge number of urgently insane issues as he takes the oath on Friday. Obama is seeing to it that he has a complete mad house to walk in to.
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- Woman who claimed she was assaulted by Trump at age 13 MADE IT ALL UP
- ACLU: Yeah, taxpayers should fork over money for Bradley Manning’s sex change
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