Included in Chelsea Manning’s recent request for clemency from President Obama, filed by her attorneys on November 10, was a very personal recounting by the imprisoned whistleblower of her personal history, motivations for disclosing classified information to the American public, and legal struggles since arrest in 2010. That statement is below.
A petition drive to support the request is active through Dec. 14, 2016. Anyone who feels that Manning has been punished enough — which seems pretty clear from this statement as well as the objective record — should sign and share the petition so that the relief requested can be acted on prior to the transfer of power to the Trump administration, which already has ushered in an extremely radical, authoritarian and cruel atmosphere within the government before the inauguration even occurs.
I am quite certain that Chelsea will not live through that additional ordeal. Please be merciful and ask the same of President Obama. Click the image to the right to load the petition at whitehouse.gov.