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Bradley Manning seeks presidential pardon
« on: September 04, 2013, 22:59:56 PM »

Bradley Manning seeks presidential pardon


HAGERSTOWN, Maryland
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is now referring to himself as "Chelsae Manning," is seeking a presidential pardon for sending classified information to WikiLeaks, which he says he did "out of a love for my country and sense of duty to others," according to documents released Wednesday.


Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, sent the Petition for Pardon/Commutation of Sentence on Tuesday to President Barack Obama through the U.S. Justice Department, and to Army Secretary John M. McHugh.

The White House said last month that any Manning request for a presidential pardon would be considered like any other.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for disclosing the classified military and diplomatic information while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.


It was the largest-volume leak of classified material in U.S. history. Manning got the longest sentence ever for disclosing U.S. government secrets to others for publication.


The Obama administration has cracked down on security breaches, charging seven people with leaking to the media. Only three were prosecuted under all previous presidents combined.


Manning signed the petition with his legal name, "Bradley Manning," not Chelsae. Coombs has said anything having to do with the pardon or court-martial would have to be in Bradley's name. Prison officials say Manning would have to get a legal name change to be known as Chelsae.


Manning has said he wants to live as a woman and receive hormone therapy for gender dysphoria - the sense that he is physically the wrong gender.

Manning wrote in the petition that he started questioning the morality of U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan while reading secret military reports daily in Iraq.


Manning acknowledged he broke the law, adding, "I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States."


At Manning's trial, government witnesses testified that some of the leaked information endangered information sources, forced ambassadors to be reassigned and were used as al-Qaida propaganda.


Coombs wrote in a cover letter to Manning's petition that none of Manning's disclosures caused any "real damage" to the United States and that the documents were not sensitive information meriting protection.


Documents submitted in support of Manning's petition include a letter from Amnesty International, which said the leaks exposed potential human rights violations.


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Re: Bradley Manning seeks presidential pardon
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 23:02:33 PM »


 
 
Private Manning seeks presidential pardon over WikiLeaks case



 The US soldier convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks has requested a presidential pardon. Chelsae Manning, formerly Bradley, is serving a 35-year-sentence for charges including espionage and theft.

 Private Manning's lawyer directed the appeal to US President Barack Obama via the US Justice Department and Army Secretary John M. McHugh, a statement on the whistleblower's website revealed Wednesday. The letter, reportedly sent on Tuesday, calls for a full pardon or commutation of sentence.

 "I urge you to consider this matter closely and to take a positive step towards protecting whistleblowers who release information to the media for the public good by either reducing Private Manning's sentence to time served, or by granting him a full pardon," lawyer David Coombs wrote.

 Manning, 25, signed the letter with her legal name Bradley rather than Chelsae, by which she has now requested to be known. Until she legally changes her name, anything to do with the pardon or court-martial would have to be in Bradley's name, Coombs said.

 Among documents submitted alongside the petition was a letter of support from Amnesty International, which said the material released by Manning exposed potential human rights violations.

 Manning was handed a 35-year jail term on August 21 for releasing 700,000 classified files and videos from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as State Department cables to WikiLeaks. It was the largest-volume leak of classified material in US history. She was convicted of 20 criminal counts including espionage and theft, but not of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge.

 A day later, the soldier issued a statement saying she would like to live as a woman named Chelsee and receive hormone therapy for gender dysphoria - the sense that she is physically the wrong gender.

White House to consider request

 Manning has apologized for her actions, saying her intention had been to create debate on the effects of US military and diplomatic action.

 "I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people," she said in the days leading up to her sentencing.

 Her defense team said Manning had been under great mental pressure as a transgender soldier at a time when openly gay people were not allowed to serve in the military.

 Last month, the White House said a request from Manning for a presidential pardon would be considered like any other.

 According to the US Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, Obama has received 1,496 petitions for pardons and 8,313 for commutation of sentence since coming into office. He has granted 39 pardons and one commutation.

 ccp/ph (AP, Reuters)

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Re: Bradley Manning seeks presidential pardon
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 04:13:43 AM »

Wiki-link to White House petition to "grant clemency to Pvt. Bradley Manning!" - http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php?topic=21946.0