More thoughts and feedback on this as it comes in. Here’s the first bit of the story from The New York Times

President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed in five months, on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.

Here’s some thoughts from Twitter. Some people are upset that Edward Snowden isn’t being seriously considered for a pardon, but don’t expect Obama to do that. Perhaps Trump will one day…

https://twitter.com/Communism_Kills/status/821470268753383426

https://twitter.com/gregpmiller/status/821469525535232001

https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/821470336042549249

Good point, Mr. Cooke.

https://twitter.com/realmikedoughty/status/821470181612470273

https://twitter.com/GayPatriot/status/821469822542221314

https://twitter.com/AnaKasparian/status/821469786831847424

https://twitter.com/AnimeIsRacist/status/821472870794727424

https://twitter.com/LawlessPirate/status/821481816414687232

The cognitive dissonance is kind of stunning, let’s face it. I guess Obama had less of a problem with commuting the sentence of Manning, since Bush administration malfeasance was exposed, whereas with Snowden, Obama took one in the mouth. Hypocrisy at its finest.

4 comments
  1. Snowden should be pardoned, regardless of how much of a pain in the ass he was and regardless of how disaffected he was. He revealed the NSA was completely out of fucking control and spying on AMERICAN CITIZENS in flagrant disregard of Constitutional rights of due process. Plus it’s just fucking creepy that anyone should have that much information on anyone without a very, very good reason. #VivaSnowden

  2. I’m not displeased that Manning was pardoned. It’s suffered enough in solitary confinement and the gender switching is evidence that it’s paid for the relatively small amount of damage it did.

    That said, Snowden and Assange deserve a pardon far more than Manning. Manning is a pathetic traitor. Snowden is a legit whistleblower and Assange is a persecuted hero.

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