Amidst horrible speculations that we are spiraling ever closer to World War 3, there’s a bit of good news. Whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from prison next week.
In one of his final moves as president, Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence. Although it seems longer than five months since the sentence was commuted, in a few short days, an American hero will be released.
Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst and a transgender woman. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted in 2013 of stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos from the US government and military. At the time, she was a male, and her name was Bradley Manning. After taking the government’s coveted documents, Manning leaked them to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The government and those on the political right were outraged that a person dared show proof of military crimes committed with American tax dollars, and labeled her a traitor while making fun of her for her transgenderism (gender dysmorphia). But to those who seek the truth, Manning is a true hero regardless of her desires to change to another gender.
Manning’s leaked information became one of the largest and most embarrassing leaks of classified information in US history and the government is still upset she revealed the truth that was relevant to the public. Chelsea Manning’s legal team announced her release saying it would take place next week, and not one person is happier than Manning. Taking to Twitter, she announced her imminent freedom.
Freedom was only a dream, and hard to imagine. Now it's here! You kept me alive <3 https://t.co/abkGoA3fOi
— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) May 9, 2017
Manning has served only seven years of the 35-year sentence, and while being caged, she attempted suicide twice. But now that she knows her release is coming, she’s thankfully been more upbeat. “For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world,” she said in a written statement. “I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others.”
Although Manning’s lawyers could not give an exact date of her release, they did say that her sentence will be expired on May 17. That date is quickly approaching. “Chelsea has already served the longest sentence of any whistleblower in the history of this country. It has been far too long, too severe, too draconian,” Manning’s attorneys, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, said in a joint statement. “President Obama’s act of commutation was the first time the military took care of this soldier who risked so much to disclose information that served the public interest.”
Manning has been criticized harshly by the military and those on the political right for showing proof of war crimes. She will likely never be a friend to anyone with blinders still on, yet she did make a difference. Many stood with Manning against the crimes committed by the military and the US government.
Manning should know that she did make life better for others. For those who sought the truth behind the government’s lies, Manning is a hero. The information made many people uncomfortable and that caused a reaction aginst the person who released it rather than the horrible crimes exposed. This is often known as an ad hominem attack, but Manning should know she’s a hero to those who desire the truth.
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