Chelsea Manning requested Barack Obama to commute her sentence

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The trans whistleblower who tried to commit suicide in prison twice, has addressed to the current USA President. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the former soldier who is serving 35 years in prison for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks had asked the current President to commute her sentence. She made the request in a petition dated 10 November which was passed to the New York Times by Manning’s attorney.

Manning did say though that she was battling gender dysphoria at the time she leaked the documents, and that she was deployed in Iraq. “I am not asking for a pardon of my conviction,” she wrote. “The sole relief I am asking for is to be released from military prison after serving six years of confinement as a person who did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members,” the statement adds. The petition also included a letter of support from Daniel Ellsberg, who released classified Vietnam War history, or the ‘Pentagon Papers’, as well as former military commissions chief prosecutor Morris Davis and Glenn Greenwald a legal commentator.

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