Most people are rushing to thank Obama for commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence

Tracy FergusonJan 18, 2017

Court-martialed, Manning claimed she was acting under duress, suffering from mental illness. She was included in a list of 209 commutations and 64 pardons. She had access to incident logs from American embassies and war maneuvers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning had been jailed since 2010. Prosecutors said Cartwright falsely told investigators that he did not provide information contained in a news article and in a book by New York Times journalist David Sanger, and said he also misled prosecutors about classified information shared with another journalist, Daniel Klaidman.

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Manning's representation, Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the decision "could quite literally save Chelsea's life". "I haven't had the chance to live my life yet".

Demonstration for Chelsea Manning in London. Moreover, many were surprised by the move, which had provoked an angry reaction by the administration at the time of the leak. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible". At trial, Manning testified that, at the time of the leak, she had been "in a mental and emotional crisis" as she struggled with her own transgenderism. In an unclassified portion of her 250-page appeal, Ms Manning rebuked her sentencing as harsh and unjust. She was convicted by a military court in 2013 of "aiding the enemy" and several violations of the Espionage Act.

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Lead counsel for the Chelsea Manning Legal Defence Team called for the full overturn of Ms Manning's punishment. More information will be added shortly. The Puerto Rican nationalist was sentenced to 55 years in 1981 for participating in a militant independence movement that saw bombings in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and NY.

Either way, it's good that Manning's sentence has been commuted. It's been a struggle for her and she has attempted suicide twice. In December, the ACLU and over a dozen other LGBT groups sent a letter to President Obama urging him to grant clemency to Manning, and an official White House petition with the same request secured over 100,000 signatures. "Oh my God!" was Hollander's instant response to the news which she had just heard from the White House counsel.

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