Tag: Chelsea Manning
The explosive leak of more than 8,000 CIA documents to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks is perhaps the most meaningful set of revelations since NSA secrets were provided to journalists by national security whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army whistleblower sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,000 classified U.S. State Department and military documents in 2010 regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is coming home.
That the Obama administration is reportedly considering commuting Manning’s sentence is remarkable given the president’s unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers and the government’s full-throated condemnation of Manning for leaking 700,000 classified military and state department documents to WikiLeaks.
Chelsea Manning was notified of potential disciplinary actions for a July suicide attempt, and the prison followed through Thursday when a three-member disciplinary board found her guilty of “conduct which threatens” and possessing “prohibited property”—for trying to kill herself and reading an unmarked copy of a book about the hacking collective Anonymous.
The appeal comes more than two years after Manning was convicted under the Espionage Act—a World War I-era law intended to prosecute spies—but was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Manning, a private first class in the U.S. Army, was subsequently sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged at a military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland—the home base of the National Security Agency.
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"Just the threat of getting charged is enough to chill that journalistic practice. It sends a real scary message to those people who do this for a living.”