President Barack Obama took a historic decision, he has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The news was reported by The New York Times, Manning is due to be released on May 17th.
Chelsea Manning, born as Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 when he was serving the US Army passed diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks.
The data leak was one of the largest breaches of classified documents in the history of the United States.
At the time of the data leak, Bradley Manning was serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. He provided more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the huge trove of documents includes the video of a 2007 airstrike in Baghdad that caused the death of two Reuters employees.
Recently Wikileaks announced the Assange’s intention agree to US extradition if Obama grants Manning’s clemency.
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017
Assange: "Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning's clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible."
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 17, 2017
“Obama may well have just saved Chelsea Manning’s life,” commented Sarah Harrison, who has defended Manning as Active Director of the Courage nonprofit. “Freeing her is clearly and unambiguously the right thing to do.”
She confirmed anyway the criticism for the President Obama’s decision to persecute Manning under the Espionage Act.
The Manning’s commutation was part of a larger effort of the US Government that resulted in 209 commutations and 64 pardons. President Obama issued 1,385 grants of commutation during his administration, none made like him.
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(Security Affairs – Chelsea Manning, Obama)