Chelsea Manning was jailed for exposing US state mass murder. She is a hero and should be released NOW,, not left to suffer 4 more months in solitary without even the chance of suicide.
Chelsea was not pardoned.. her sentence was only reduced.. no need for Assange to surrender
Obama was the president of permanent spreading war for profit, spilling millions of liters of human blood… now he hopes to be praised for an -act of clemency-,. And what about Peltier, Mumia, Shakur, Lopez Rivera and a host of other innocent political prisoners who need amnesty?.Washington, D.C. – In a stunning move, President Barack Obama announced the commutation of the prison sentence of whistleblower and former Army private Chelsea Manning. With the announcement, Manning will now be released on May 17, 2017 — rather than in 2045 as originally sentenced.
VICTORY: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence from 35 years to 7. Release date now May 17. Background: https://wikileaks.org/Assange-Statement-on-the-First-Day.html …
Sentenced under US Army Court Martial to 35 years’ imprisonment in August 2013, Manning was tried in military court for leaking thousands of documents that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary to the transparency organization WikiLeaks.
“Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses, and as a result her own human rights have been violated by the U.S. government for years,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “President Obama was right to commute her sentence, but it is long overdue. It is unconscionable that she languished in prison for years while those allegedly implicated by the information she revealed still haven’t been brought to justice.”
Julian Assange recently announced that he would be willing to hand himself over to U.S. custody to face charges if President Obama were to grant Manning a pardon – it remains to be seen if he is planning on making good on his statement.