Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Obama's Last-Minute Bid to Get Glenn Greenwald to Write Something Nice About Him :-)

From The New York Times:
Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence


WASHINGTON — 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 Mr. Obama rescued Ms. 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 Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing...

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes...

-- Bill Shakespeare, writer

Brother Charlie Pierce has some further thoughts which are worthy of your attention:
If You Think Chelsea Manning Got Off Easy, You're Out of Your Mind


Yardley said...

Wonder if Trump can or will interfere in any way?
I will be quite suprised if he doesn't try to stop it.
The howling of the wingnuts is making my window rattle.

Jimbo said...

Yardley, he may or may not try but Obama's decision is entirely legal so good luck with that. Anyway, Trump is going to have huge problems he and the GOP Congress will have created all by themselves to deal with by the time May rolls around.

Very nice post, Mr. Driftglass.

dinthebeast said...

Wouldn't it be double jeopardy to try and put him back after a pardon? We all know how important defendants' constitutional rights are to the Bastard President...

-Doug in Oakland

gocart mozart said...

Yes it would be double jeopardy. There is nothing they can do but botch and moan.

Mark Dobrowolski said...

What about Julian Assange? Will he just face the charges in Sweden with no attempt by the US torequest his extradition to America?

dinthebeast said...

First, I don't think there are formal charges to extradite him to face, and second, his lawyer just announced that the commutation "does not meet the criteria" of Assange's offer.
Read that: Vlad wouldn't like it.

-Doug in Oakland