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Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:04

Bradley Manning appeals to the President

Written by Nick Farrell

Everyone likes a man in uniform

The US soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks is hoping that the man who is responsible for a crackdown in government leaks will let him out of jail early.

Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley, Manning has asked for a presidential pardon from President Barack Obama. In a letter to the White House, Chelsea’s brief wrote:

"I urge you to consider this matter closely and to take a positive step towards protecting whistleblowers who release information to the media for the public good by either reducing Private Manning's sentence to time served, or by granting him a full pardon.”

The application includes a supporting letter from Amnesty International. No one is really expecting this to happen. Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, pointed out that the government had a "full-bore approach" to prosecuting Manning. If they did let him go, then they would look quite schizoid.

Nick Farrell

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