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Post Reply Obama commutes the majority of Chelsea Manning's prison sentence.
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NYT press release:


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 kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s 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.

The act of clemency could be seen as a reversal, at least in part, of the Obama administration’s unprecedented criminal crackdown on leaking: The administration has brought charges in about nine cases, about twice as many as under all previous presidents combined.

At the same time that Mr. Obama commuted the sentence of Ms. Manning, a low-ranking enlisted soldier at the time of her leaks, he also granted a pardon to Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the highest-ranking officials ensnared in the leak crackdown...

https://nyti.ms/2k2871C


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I think this is interesting. Don't really have much of an opinion as of yet. All I can say is that he probably should pardon Snowden before he leaves but I think he wants him to stand trial so that won't happen. Regardless I feel like this was the right thing to do.

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Bruh

You gotta post more than just a news story.
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octorockandroll wrote:

Bruh

You gotta post more than just a news story.


There you go baby cakes.
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3 more days until a real man takes office.
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Traitors stick together.
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JJanks wrote:

3 more days until a real man takes office.


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Excellent.
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Xxanthar wrote:

Traitors stick together.


- Unless my enemy doesn't a-quite them.
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Good. The whole affair had just become sad and unusually cruel.
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So I guess this means the Russian hacking really isn't that big of a deal, doesn't it?
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I can't believe some people really want to see an individual that exposed the injustices the system and higher ups committed tried and executed or left to rot in prison. That is why we can't have nice things.
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It would have been nice if he pardoned Snowden, but it was pretty clear he wasn't going to after giving that clearly bs excuse why he couldn't.
I guess he's still sore Snowden A.) showed the world the NSA's lawless behavior on his (Obama's) watch and B.) got away.
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The level and process of leaking the information was different for both. One used "proper" channels, the other fucked it up and then ran from the country instead of serving.

Running from the country really doesn't help to prove your point...
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Xxanthar wrote:

Traitors stick together.



Yup, Obama and his treasonous ties to Russia.... wait a minute...
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JJanks wrote:

3 more days until a real man takes office.


Real men actually pay their bills and employees.
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