Manning leaked 700,000 documents — at the time, the largest-ever theft of classified US material — including confidential diplomatic and military communiques revealing the names of intelligence assets.Will Obama grant the request? The Post says it hopes "the president declines to act." Manning is serving a 35-year sentence, but the Post notes he "is up for parole in just two more years, and also has an appeal before the courts." So, "if there’s any case for mercy," it should be "granted through the system — not via extraordinary executive action." See full editorial here.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The New York Post argues Pfc. Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning is on a "short list" for a commutation of sentence from President Obama. To date, he has served six years for espionage: