Chelsea Manning Gets Commuted Sentence- NewsFire Flame
Story Source: http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/17/chelsea-manning-gets-obamas-mercy-will-b
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning received semi-good news today from President Obama. This is Paul Gordon of NewsFire.TV. That’s what we’ll be discussing in this NewsFire Flame.
Today’s list of commutations from President Barack Obama just days before leaving office includes 209 reductions and 64 pardons. One of them is going to get the most attention: Chelsea Manning.
Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is in military prison for leaking reams of military documents related to the Iraq War. She has served almost 7 years in prison…..
Today President Barack Obama decided that she didn’t need to serve 35 years to repent for her crimes. He has reduced her sentence. She will be released in May.
Via The New York Times:
In recent days, the White House had signaled that Mr. Obama was seriously considering granting Ms. Manning’s commutation application, in contrast to a pardon application submitted on behalf of the other large-scale leaker of the era, Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who disclosed archives of top secret surveillance files and is living as a fugitive in Russia.
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.
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