Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has wasted no time in celebrating “her” unwarranted freedom publicly while bombarding the internet with posed pictures and other drivel on Instagram and Twitter. Chelsea Manning wasn’t an ordinary leaker, and her release isn’t a positive event.
In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth, after being found guilty on 20 counts of espionage, theft and fraud. Back then, it was reported that Manning would not be up for parole until he had served the first 10 years of his sentence. You may recall that Manning had released some 750,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks, as well as video footage from the battlefield.
While Manning celebrates their unjustified release, the rest of us with common sense are cringing. Many believe that Manning was not released because he is innocent, he was released because he is “transgendered” and by claiming that he was mistreated while incarcerated.
After being convicted, Manning came forward and announced that he was actually a transgendered woman and changed his name to “Chelsea.” President Obama commuted her sentence not because Manning was unjustly put in prison, but because Manning’s “transgenderism” made him a political chess piece.
While some may say that Manning’s sentence was harsher than other leakers, the fact remains that at the time, the case was considered “unprecedented” in its severity and is still considered the largest leak of classified data in US history. Not exactly something that should be shrugged off with a seven-year prison sentence.
As sources state,”[Manning’s] message to his unit and to his nation was clear: He would disobey lawful orders and risk killing his comrades to, in his words, stimulate “worldwide discussions, debates, and reforms.” This is a person that betrayed their country, let’s not forget it.