Obama Pardoned Chelsea (Bradley) Manning

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:25

 

January 18 2017

VERYcurious this is happening at the very end of Obamas tenure!

CHARLIE SAVAGE for the NYT reports, President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

 


Truth11 Films | Perpetual War         | With Footage from the Leaked Video by Bradly Manning

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Music: Set to Opeth: The Lotus Eater

Truth11 Films 5th short film: We have been tricked into fighting perpetual wars of mass genocide for pointless profit. There is no enemy. The enemy is within the US government. All exterior enemies are created to justify the advancing military industrial complex.

There is only one way war will end. The masses must rise up, unite, and demand world peace.

 


 

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Andrew Pontbriand

Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for releasing government secrets.

For many, the story of Chelsea (formerly known as Bradley) manning is one of intrigue, freedom, corruption, and public awareness. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2010, for the massive leak of “sensitive government documents,” which much of the public felt was a bit extreme.

With only a few days left in office, President Obama has done what many have done in the past, and that is to pardon many who were convicted of crimes. The biggest name on that list is that of Chelsea Manning.

Ms. Manning has been facing an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. It was reported that she had tried to commit suicideseveral times. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

Similarly, the White House has been asked about the chances of pardoning Edward Snowden, whom of course also released what some may call – the most damning leak of American military/intelligence in history.

When asked about the two clemency applications on Friday, the White House spokesman, Joshua Earnest, discussed the “pretty stark difference” between Ms. Manning’s case for mercy with Mr. Snowden’s. While their offenses were similar, he said, there were “some important differences.”

“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” he said. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”

It is pretty clear the chances of Edward Snowden ever seeing freedom in the United States are slim to none.

As with Ms. Manning, although she will be freed, many will question if this is merely an attempt by Obama to create a more positive legacy for himself by forgiving someone who was highly favored, beloved, and created such a wave of support due to the nature of the leak in general.

For now, it is at least good news a prominent whistleblower (if you will) will be released from a life of imprisonment simply for exposing the truth.

 


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From Guardian Wires

Who is Chelsea Manning?

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from military prison in May after her sentence for leaking classified information was commuted by the outgoing US president Barack Obama.

 


OBAMA GRANTS CLEMANCY to MANNING: But Will WIKILEAKS’ ASSANGE go to PRISON?
BREAKING: Obama Just Pardoned ‘Whistleblower’ Who Leaked MILLIONS of US Military Secrets!

The Free Thought Project

Assange Will Not Turn Himself Over to US for Manning — Claims Conditions Not Met

Washington, D.C. – After 24 hours of rampant speculation, Julian Assange’s attorney has come forward to announce that President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence did not meet the criteria set forth by the WikiLeaks head to proceed with extradition to the United States as he had offered.

While Assange has not been publicly charged with a crime in the United States, his legal team is virtually certain that he is to be charged “under seal.” This entails charges being kept secret as a means of preventing a suspect from attempting to escape.

Assange first offered to trade extradition to the U.S. for a pardon of Manning in September, and was followed up with this tweet last week on Twitter.

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The announcement by Assange’s attorney notes that the commutation received by Manning, while welcome news, was not the pardon that was sought by Assange.

“Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning’s sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S.-based attorney, via email reported the Hill“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

Sentenced under U.S. Army Court Martial to 35 years’ imprisonment in August 2013, Manning was tried in military court for leaking thousands of documents that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary to the transparency organization WikiLeaks.

“Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses, and as a result her own human rights have been violated by the U.S. government for years,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “President Obama was right to commute her sentence, but it is long overdue. It is unconscionable that she languished in prison for years while those allegedly implicated by the information she revealed still haven’t been brought to justice.”

In many ways, Manning’s 35-year sentence was due to the fact that they couldn’t get Edward Snowden, thus were attempting to make an example out of Manning.

The White House announced Tuesday that Manning was one of 273 people “given a second chance,” by President Obama. While Obama has pardoned 212 individuals and granted 1,385 commutations, Amnesty International Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas ironically pointed out that none of the people exposed violating the human rights of others in the videos leaked by Manning have ever faced justice.

“Instead of punishing the messenger, the U.S. government can send a strong signal to the world that it is serious about investigating the human rights violations exposed by the leaks and bringing all those suspected of criminal responsible to justice in fair trials,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

While this is clearly a step in the right direction, the fact that truth tellers and whistleblowers are routinely treated as criminals speaks to the immorality of our current systemic paradigm.

After Obama, on Tuesday, commuted Manning’s sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, many wondered whether that meant Assange was ready to surrender to the Department of Justice – thankfully that question has been largely answered.

Although, a recent tweet from WikiLeaks still leaves room for speculation as to Assange’s eventual intent to come to the U.S. to fight the secret indictment against him.

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Additionally, the transparency site has also been raising funds for a Julian Assange defense fund.

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While the White House denied that Assange’s tweet had anything to do with the decision to commute Manning’s sentence, the fact that Assange remains free is welcome news to all those that support transparency in government. It seems that although Assange may not turn himself over to the U.S., due to Manning’s commutation, he may still be intent on fighting the secret indictment in U.S. court.

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