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Fwiw, one side of the argument, which resonates with me: https://lawfareblog.com/obama-right-chelsea-manning

There is, ironically, a controversial leaker case in which executive clemency is worth considering, but it isn’t Snowden’s case. It’s the case of Chelsea Manning. Manning, unlike Snowden, faced the consequences of her actions. She faced trial. She allowed the facts to come out about what she did—which has allowed a serious assessment of the relative good and bad of the disclosures. She also was, at least in part, responding to a genuinely horrifying killing by US troops in Iraq. Manning’s case also presents mitigating circumstances related to mental health in a vulnerable personal period. Critically, she also received a sentence of 35 years in prison that many people—including the two of us—regard as excessive and disproportionate.

If there is a case in which to exercise executive prerogative to heal a rift regarding the treatment of self-proclaimed whistleblowers, Manning’s is infinitely more deserving than Snowden. We do not argue that Obama should consider a pardon: Manning committed serious and consequential crimes and was properly convicted. But the President should consider commuting the sentence either to time served or to some reasonable period of additional years. Manning has been imprisoned for more than six years; she could be eligible for parole in the next several years with good behavior. She clearly presents no ongoing security risk and it’s hard to imagine how her circumstances would inspire others in the military to believe they can disclose classified information without consequence.

And from a pragmatic standpoint, the Manning case continues to generate divisive headlines which highlight the current inability of the US military to facilitate compassionate and humane in-service transition for transgender people. As the military struggles to modernize its policies, it would be well-served to not have the most high-profile example be in the highly-complex context of detention. All things considered, Manning has a potentially serious case for mercy and the President should at least consider commuting her sentence.

 

@Sinn Fein - presuming of course the accuracy of the report (not questioning your veracity), Mr. Walker seems to have been a victim of the times,  of the red scare when everything was scary and we were "at risk" of nuclear war.  To say he got a raw deal would be minimizing the sentence.  

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15 hours ago, timschochet said:

If what McCain is saying is true (and like you I find him honorable but there's still some dispute about his facts) that still doesn't make Manning a multiple murderer. I guess I have a different definition about that than you do; I don't think he meant to murder anyone, and when we consider sentencing, intent should absolutely be a factor. 

This person deserved to be condemned and deserved to go to prison. No argument. But I support the decision because I think 6 years seems like an appropropiate period of time. 

Well, military law disagrees with you.

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7 minutes ago, IvanKaramazov said:

Well, military law disagrees with you.

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music

-  Georges Clemenceau

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It will be interesting to see if she disappears or does interviews.  Her stance on Assange is also going to be pretty interesting.

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18 minutes ago, squistion said:

Chelsea Manning has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/952294230503895040

This will not end well for Ms. Manning. 

Great that she wants to be politically active.  She should run for state rep or state sen before attempting a US Senate run.  Her past transgressions, however well intentioned, are a non-starter for a big election.

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