"Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too."
--Trevor Timm (17 January 2017)
"In response, the government quite literally tried to destroy her. Although the
government admitted that no one was harmed because of her disclosures, Chelsea
suffered beyond what is imaginable for most people.
She was held incommunicado during pre-trial confinement, so that the American
people could not hear her voice and the explanation for what she did. She was then,
according to the UN special rapporteur on torture, treated in a “cruel, inhumane and
degrading way” before her trial by the US military.
After that, she was given a heartbreakingly long 35-year sentence, longer than most
actual spies, and, for that matter, rapists and murderers. She faced the prospect of
spending the rest of her life behind bars, where she was continually and harshly
punished for trivial violations. Recently, she had been put in solitary confinement – a
macabre punishment for attempting suicide."
"President Obama, while commendably showing her mercy, also oversaw a justice
department that prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other administrations
combined, while casting an unmistakable chill over investigative reporting and press freedom."