Petition To Reduce Manning’s Sentence Passes 100k Required For White House Reponse

Now the White House will have to respond to the petition in 60 days.
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    A formal White House petition calling for reducing the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier serving a 37-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents relating to U.S. war crimes in Iraq, surpassed 100,000 signatures which means the U.S. administration has to respond to the demand.

    “We did it! Thank you so much for your love and support,” Manning said in a post on her official Twitter account. The petition was created on Nov. 14 and now forces the White House to offer a response within 60 days.

    The petition asks President Barack Obama to commute Manning’s sentence to time served after being in prison for more than six years. She has been repeatedly kept in solitary confinement which led her to attempt suicide twice.

    “Chelsea has already served more time in prison than any individual in United States history who disclosed information in the public interest. Her disclosures harmed no one,” the petition said.

    “President Obama, as you and the medical community have recognized, prisoners who face solitary confinement are more likely to commit suicide.”

    Manning, a transgender woman, was the whistleblower who leaked to WikiLeaks secret military and diplomatic documents while working as a U.S. intelligence analyst in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in 2010.

    The online petition is part of recent efforts by Manning and her supporters as well as rights groups to change her sentence following the victory of Donald Trump in the presidential elections last month.

    Manning’s lawyers formally petitioned Obama to commute her sentence in November just a few days before it was set up online, the New York Times had reported.

    Manning herself wrote a letter to President Obama as part of the petition in which she assumed responsibility for her actions but said her life was in turmoil at the time of the leaks. She was confronting gender dysphoria at the time while deployed to Iraq.

    She also went on to describe her treatment in prison and her multiple suicide attempts, saying: “I am not asking for a pardon of my conviction.”

    “The sole relief I am asking for is to be released from military prison after serving six years of confinement as a person who did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members,” the statement said.

    Also just last week the American Civil Liberties Union and some LGBTQ rights groups lobbied Obama to change the sentence to time served.

    “The sole relief that Ms. Manning is seeking is to be released from military prison after serving over six years of confinement — longer than any whistleblower in the history of our country,” the ACLU said in the letter which was co-signed by more than a dozen LGBTQ rights groups.


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    • ignasi

      any dream of freedom it’s possible If the Whistleblowers are imprisoned

    • James Wherry

      The best way to PUNISH the NSA would be to set an example by pardoning this traitor.

      What he and Snowden revealed is just too terrible to allow to stand.

      • tapatio

        CONTRARY TO THE HOWLINGS OF REAL TRAITORS, LIKE JAMES WHERRY, CHELSEA MANNING IS A HERO AND WHISTLE BLOWER, NOT A TRAITOR.

        EXPOSING THE TREASON AND OTHER CRIMES OF US GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SHOULD CARRY THE MANDATORY REWARD OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR/PRESIDENT’S MEDAL OF FREEDOM AND A CASH REWARD.

        IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF MANNING, SNOWDEN AND OTHERS THAT THE AMERICAN SHEEPLE HAVE BEEN TOO STUPID TO FORCIBLY INSURE THAT THE GIFTS FROM WHISTLE-BLOWERS ARE USED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW.

        THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF JAMES WHERRY IS PROOF THAT THE UCMJ HAS BEEN WIPED OUT, ALONG WITH THE US CONSTITUTION.

        • James Wherry

          OF COURSE, AN AMERICAN NEO-NAZ! LIKE “tapatio” LOVES HIS FELLOW TRAITORS. HAVING NEVER SERVED IN UNIFORM, “tapatio” IS CLUELESS. AND ONCE AGAIN, “tapatio” EXPRESSES HIS HATRED OF ME BECAUE HE HATES THE FACT I’VE EXPOSED HIM AS A NEO-NAZ! PEDOPHILE. NO LOSS. BE SURE TO TELL MANNING THAT YOU CONSIDER HIM “DISEASED” AND “AN ABBERATION” AS A GAY MAN AND THAT YOU SUPPORT PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST HIM BY MUSLIMS.

          NO, THE PFC IS A TRAITOR WHO BROKE THE LAW. I WON’T TOLERATE PEOPLE TAKING THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND ENDANGERING NATIONAL SECURITY: REVEALING OUR FRANK ASSESSMENTS OF LEADERS OF OTHER NATIONS ONLY MEANS OUR LEADERS WON’T GET ANY MORE HONEST ASSESSMENTS AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE DAMAGED.

          DESPITE THAT, HE AND SNOWDEN DID UNCOVER SOME WRONG-DOING, SO I SUPPORT A PARDON OR COMMUTATION OF SENTENCE – NOTHING MORE.

          • tapatio

            HOW MANY YOUNG PRIVATES HAS JAMES WHERRY EXTORTED INTO PERVERTED ACTS??? HIS “TASTES” OBVIOUSLY RUN TO THE YOUNGEST LEGAL FLESH TO SATISFY HIS PERVERSION.

            WHERRY CLAIMS THAT HE “WON’T TOLERATE PEOPLE TAKING THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS”. WHAT DOES THIS FILTHY PIG THINK HE WAS DOING WHEN HE HELPED TRAIN STATE TERRORISTS IN UGANDA AND OTHER US “CLIENT” COUNTRIES??? IT’S A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW TO WHICH THIS COUNTRY IS SIGNATORY (obviously, a signatory as fraudulent as the Jew state, worshiped by wherry).

            • James Wherry

              1. HERE’S MORE OROOF TAPATIO IS A PEDOPHILE – COMPLETE WITH HIS OWN PERVERTED FANTASIES. AS A SELF-PROCLAIMED DIRTY, OLD MAN OF 70 YEARS, HE APPARENTLY CANNOT “GET IT UP,” WITHOUT TRYING TO ENGAGE IN CYBERS-X ON THIS WEBSITE.

              2. I TAUGHT THE GEN CAN CONVENTIONS TI THE UGANDANS, BUT A NEI- NAZ! LIKE TAPATIO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE. HE LONGS TO PROTECT HIS FELLOW PEDOPHILE “JOSEPH KONY” FRIM THE UGANDAN AND AMERICAN TROOPS THAT ARE HUNTING HIM. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN THE MUSLIM IDIBAMN RULED THE COUNTRY AND ATTACKED ISRAEL AND THERE WERE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. THANKS FOR REMINDING US.