Manning Asks Obama for Pardon
Amnesty seeks clemency as longshot request submitted
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2013 12:47 AM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2013 3:33 AM CDT
Manning announced her intention to live as a woman soon after sentencing.   (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

(Newser) – Chelsea Manning has formally put in a request for a presidential pardon, though few believe the private formerly known as Bradley has any chance of success. When Manning was sentenced to 35 years last month for the biggest intelligence leak in American history, her lawyer said the request would include a personal appeal to President Obama saying, "I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love to my country and a sense of duty to others." With parole and time already served, the earliest Manning could be released without a pardon is 2021.

Amnesty International issued a statement yesterday backing Manning. "President Obama should grant Manning clemency for time served, protect whistleblowers, and provide accountability for crimes like those Manning exposed," Amnesty said, arguing that the sentence "contrasts with the leniency given those responsible for torture and other types of grave human rights violations" exposed in the information he provided to WikiLeaks. Obama has handed out far fewer pardons than most of his predecessors, with just 39 granted so far, the Hill notes.

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westside
Sep 5, 2013 3:10 AM CDT
Put the freak on the front line. Pardon my A$$
HANKHILL
Sep 4, 2013 4:52 PM CDT
yo nuz folk what wid the she and her stuff? so far as i know this is still a guy with a wig on! cut off his ------ than it will be a she!
HANKHILL
Sep 4, 2013 4:49 PM CDT
put it in same cell with hasan!!!!!!!!!