White House claimed Chelsea Manning to be free in “pursuit of justice”

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ELKHART, IN - JUNE 01: President Barack Obama speaks at Concord Community High School on June 1, 2016 in Elkhart, Indiana. Obama returned to the school, which he visited more than seven years ago, to highlight economic progress made during his administration. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

After President Obama announced freeing Chelsea Manning, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has published his own statement on behalf of the White House staff: “Chelsea Manning was convicted of serious crimes. She also took responsibility for those crimes. She expressed remorse for those crimes,” he added.
Earnest said Manning’s sentence was “much longer than the sentence that was handed down to people who committed similar crimes that got much less attention”. “President Obama has a strong record regarding the humane treatment of prisoners and a long commitment to LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown reacting to the news. “The decision to commute Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s remaining sentence – after she served nearly 7 years for her crimes – reflects that record. We hope Pvt. Manning soon can access the care and treatment that she, and every transgender person, deserves.”

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