Reports are surfacing this morning that indicate Pres. Obama has added former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to his short list of possible commutations, according to an unnamed Justice Department source speaking with NBC News.
Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence for liberating government documents later published by WikiLeaks, or as the government frames it, leaking classified information.
Manning’s heroic disclosures include the so-called “Collateral Murder” Baghdad airstrike footage, Afghan and Iraq War logs, diplomatic cables, and the Guantanamo Bay files.
Alexa O’Brien, a national security journalist who has covered this case from the start, also adds an important point as Manning’s pardon is considered by the leader of the American Empire:
For the record, Manning was acquitted of being a traitor in a court of law; and mil prosecutors said wasn’t a spy. https://t.co/RW1zNZLNAx
— Alexa O’Brien (@carwinb) January 11, 2017
As libertarians, we should take action and agitate until Chelsea is freed from the grasp of the State.