In nine days, Barack Hussein Obama will finally be out of the White House after eight long and difficult years. However, before then, he has made it clear that he wants to go out with a bang by issuing a series of controversial pardons.
Now, one of the names on Obama’s pardon “short list” has been revealed, and it’s downright sickening…
According to Daily Mail, insiders say Obama is strongly considering pardoning Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence analyst who formerly went by Bradley Manning. The disgraced analyst is serving a 35 year prison sentence for handing over 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic documents, some of which were classified, to WikiLeaks.
The documents that Manning gave to WikiLeaks included war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and files on detainees in Guantanamo Bay. She also sent them the video called “Collateral Murder,” which showed a helicopter attack on Baghdad that ended up killing civilians.
During her trial, Manning apologized to the court, saying that she meant well.
“I’m sorry that my actions hurt people,” Manning told the court. “I’m sorry that they hurt the United States. I understand that I must pay the price for my decisions and actions.”
Manning’s supporters say that the 35 year sentence given to her was far too harsh for her crime, and that the judge was just trying to send a message to Edward Snowden, another whistleblower. Snowden himself has also called on President Obama to pardon Manning.
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 11, 2017
The comment about saving Manning’s life refers to the fact that she has tried to commit suicide twice since she began her sentence. Her family believes this is the last chance to get her out of prison before she tries to kill herself again.
“I do think it’s the last hope for a while,” said her aunt Deborah Manning.
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