O.B.A.M.A. - says it all. In his rush out the door, he is pardoning the wrong guy. From The Seattle Times:
Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents
President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
The decision by Obama rescued Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
Now, under the terms of Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Manning is set to be freed in five months, on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.
Wait - wasn't there another leaker? Edward somebody?
In recent days, the White House had signaled that Obama was seriously considering granting Manning’s commutation application, in contrast to a pardon application submitted on behalf of the other large-scale leaker of the era, Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who disclosed archives of top secret surveillance files and is living as a fugitive in Russia.
Asked about the two clemency applications on Friday, the White House spokesman, Joshua Earnest, discussed the “pretty stark difference” between Manning’s case for mercy with Snowden’s. While their offenses were similar, he said, there were “some important differences.”
Yeah - Snowden had the fscking grace to go through the documents and redact names of sensitive assets in the field. Manning just cut and pasted and posted everything he could get his grubby little mits on and he is personally responsible for the horrible torture and deaths of hundreds of our allies in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
The disclosures set off a frantic scramble as Obama administration officials sought to minimize any potential harm, including getting to safety some foreigners in dangerous countries who were identified as having helped American troops or diplomats.
Imagine that Mohammed is a man in his 50's and was helping us monitor ISIS and Taliban movements near his village. 30 people from ISIS drive into the village in a couple trucks asking where he is. They make him sit down in the village square as they round up his family. They murder his grandchildren in front of his sons and daughters. They then murder his sons and daughters. Then his mother and father. Then his wife. Finally, the build a fire under him and burn him to death. That is what the Taliban or ISIS does to people who stand in their way and it is deaths like this that Bradley Manning caused.
Again, Snowden took the time to redact any possible contact information from the data he published and he is getting the really short end of the deal here.
Because Manning is a trannie, he is the darling of the progressives and Obama is playing Pander-Bear to these morons. Virtue signaling all the way out the door. Just to be clear, nothing wrong with wanting a sex change -
Walter Wendy Carlos of Switched On Bach fame did a very public transformation. My complaint is that Manning is using this to get his way and this should not be allowed.