President Obama Needs To Pardon Chelsea Manning

Young Progressive Voices

US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning — now known as Chelsea Manning — is now petitioning President Obama for a pardon now that she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A statement (full text can be read here) that will be sent to Obama explains Manning’s motive for releasing classified documents and highlights her patriotism and her love for this country, saying that, if denied, she will serve her time “knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.”

Unfortunately, she talks about an America that is dying. This is no longer a free society. In an age of the free exchange of information, the Obama Administration has made strides to silence whistleblowers or play off the gravity of politically damaging leaks. It has remained silent throughout the course of the Manning’s trial and has not done itself any favors after…

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