The Chelsea Manning Verdict

by SARAH SERRATO

Staff Writer

According to the BBC, a 29-year-old transgender United States Army private, was sentenced to serve 35 years at the male military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

Born Bradley Manning, she changed her name to Chelsea,  was caught leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group, Wikileaks in 2013. At first, she was scheduled to be released from prison in 2045, but Obama changed that. Obama has shortened her sentence, so now Chelsea will be free on May 17, 2017.

 

People of authority, particularly Senator John McCain, have called Obama’s decision “a grave mistake”. However, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, has a different opinion; he believes that Manning has already served a long enough sentence (7 years).

 

With the burden on her shoulders, Chelsea has attempted suicide twice while in the prison. Also, she has gone on a hunger strike due to the military not providing her with gender transition treatment, but she ended it last year after they finally gave in.

 

When Chelsea uploaded the materials online, everyone was able to see it and use it to their ability, including Al-Qaeda. Many people have opposing opinions on the release of Chelsea Manning. They think she should rot in prison, however, we as humans, are bound to make mistakes.

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