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Who is Chelsea Manning?
Chelsea Manning is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after releasing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public. Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years’ imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to be dishonourably discharged from the Army.
Some of the documents pointed to potential human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law by US troops abroad, as well as by Afghan and Iraqi forces operating alongside the US army, and the CIA.
Chelsea says she was trying to spark a meaningful debate on the costs of war and raise awareness of US military conduct in Iraq and Afghanistan. But she wasn’t allowed as part of her defence to say that she was acting in the public interest. What’s more, further unnecessary charges were brought against her, including ‘aiding the enemy’. Such charges appeared to be an attempt to put off future whistleblowers seeking to expose government wrongdoing.
During her trial, Chelsea Manning was not allowed to present evidence that she was acting in the public interest, and was only allowed to explain her motives at the sentencing phase. She was detained for three years, and spent eleven months in conditions described by a UN torture expert as ‘cruel and inhumane’. These included being confined for 23 hours a day to a small cell with no window to the outside.
Amnesty International is collecting signatures for a petition to send to President Barack Obama, asking to commute her sentence to the time she served in pre-trial detention, and release her immediately. The petition also calls on the government to urgently investigate the potential human rights violations exposed by Chelsea Manning and to strengthen protections for those who reveal information that the public has the right to know, and stop using the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning.
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