Manning Up?

Submitted by Admin on Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:31

It's a Chelsea mourning, as pushback increases after President Obama commuted the 35-year federal sentence of Chelsea Manning. He is the Army analyst convicted of leaking secret intelligence documents.

The high-profile prisoner, who announced he was transgender following his sentencing in 2013, is set to be freed in May.…

The move drew an immediate and harsh reaction from many Republicans. Top Republicans blast Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence via @bi_politics

It’s unlikely Trump could rescind Obama’s clemencies. The Obama Criminal Justice Reforms That Trump Could Undo… via @MarshallProj

Manning is not alone, 272 others were granted mercy, including Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. However, don’t expect clemency for Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden's leave to remain in Russia extended for three years…

The A list of those to whom mercy was granted. Along with Chelsea Manning, here are the other people who received pardons and commutations from Obama

After announcing that a jailed US military traitor will be released early, US President Obama was asked about his controversial decision to shorten Chelsea Manning's prison sentence during his final press conference today.

The President held his final news conference from The White House this afternoon and explained his decision to commute Chelsea Manning's jail sentence. Mr. Obama explained that Chelsea Manning's prison sentence was disproportionate to other leakers and is comfortable justice has been now served.

During his last clemency push, Obama commuted the Army private after he, who turned she served nearly seven years for stealing and releasing classified military secrets to WikiLeaks.

The move to reduce the original 35-year sentence brought an immediate outrage from GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.

Obama is expected to differentiate Manning's case from that of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning in last-minute clemency push via @usatoday

BBC News - Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks source

Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning via @nypost

Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks via @Reuters