Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by Anonymous, Oct 10, 2012.
They are torturing her
Yes and it's horrible.
Chelsea Manning @xychelsea 18 hours ago
Unending relief: .mil does right thing; just let me be me
#hungerstrike (Still being charged w/ suicide attempt)
Chelsea Manning Told She Will Receive Gender Transition Surgery, Her Lawyer Says
The military’s decision — which the military will not confirm — follows a recommendation made by Manning’s psychologist more than five months ago.
WikiLeaks’ Assange Offers to Go to Prison in Exchange for Chelsea Manning Pardon
On Thursday morning WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange tweeted that if US President Barack Obama would grant clemency to imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Assange would turn himself over to the US government for imprisonment, “despite its clear unlawfulness.”
U.S. | Fri Sep 23, 2016 | 11:05am EDT
Chelsea Manning to be sent to solitary confinement for suicide try
By David Ingram | NEW YORK
U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning, serving 35 years in prison for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, was ordered to spend 14 days in solitary confinement as punishment for attempting suicide and keeping a banned book in her cell, supporters said.
A disciplinary board at the Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, military prison where Manning is being held informed her of the decision after a hearing on Thursday, according to a statement released on Friday by Fight for the Future, a group supporting her.
Manning said in the statement that she could appeal the punishment and that seven days of it would be suspended provided she stays out of trouble for six months. There was no set date for the discipline to start, she said.
"I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don't know how to explain it," Manning said.
Sad news but glad it isn't for longer.
Chelsea Manning given solitary confinement for suicide attempt | Courage Foundation
You can support Chelsea Manning by writing her a letter, signing a petition for her clemency, or donating to her defense fund.
Write to Chelsea Manning | Courage Foundation
I read that as that she was sent to solitary in hopes that she would commit suicide.
Chelsea Manning is missing
The Chelsea Manning Support Network writes, "Chelsea has missed three planned calls so we are worried about her and so far we don't know why. The support network can be reached at email@example.com."
Here's a post that's related, from another thread:
Hmmm strange, how Chelsea Manning is reported as missing when Amnesty International step up their campaign on her behalf.
This I know because I myself am actively involved with Amnesty and Beccy Dallison who has been vocal on Chelsea's behalf I spoke with only this week.
Speak with Rebecca Dallison at Amnesty or via Twitter she's@BeccyDallison.
Here's a press release that was published today. Quote:
Chelsea Manning reportedly on President Obama’s “short list” for Commutation | FreeChelsea
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 11, 2016
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Manning reportedly on President Obama’s “short list” for Commutation
Hundreds of thousands of petition signers, dozens of LGBTQ and human rights organizations have condemned U.S. government’s treatment of Chelsea, called for her release
NBC News is reporting that Chelsea Manning, who has served 7 years of a 35 year sentence, is on President Obama’s “short list” for commutation.
Chelsea Manning’s attorney at the ACLU, Chase Strangio, said:
“The Obama administration has done many commendable things to protect the rights of LGBTQ people, but in the case of Chelsea Manning they have systematically mistreated her and denied her access to medically recommended gender-related health care. Chelsea won’t survive another 5 years in prison, much less another 30. President Obama has 9 days to do the right thing and commute her sentence. The world is watching, and we hope that he stands on the side of justice, and that his legacy will be one of standing up for trans people’s rights, not having extinguished one of our community’s brightest lights.”
Chelsea’s Appellate Counsels Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward said:
“As Chelsea’s appellate counsel we urge President Obama to act now and commute her sentence to time served. Her appeal will take years. It is past time to start caring for a Soldier who stood up for all of us.”
Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said:
“Chelsea Manning is a compassionate, thoughtful, brilliant human being whose actions have always been motivated by the same thing: her desire to help people and make the world a better place. She has suffered enough. President Obama should act now to right this wrong before it’s too late.”
If the NBC News report is accurate and President Obama moves to commute Manning’s sentence, he will be responding to overwhelming public outcry about Chelsea’s mistreatment while incarcerated.
More than 100,000 people signed an official Whitehouse.gov petition, meeting the threshold to require a response from the President.
Hundreds of thousands have signed previous petitions organized by Fight for the Future and other groups decrying Chelsea’s treatment while in prison
The ACLU and more than a dozen prominent LGBT organizations sent a letter to President Obama calling for Chelsea’s commutation
Amnesty International sent a letter to President Obama, and supporters sent over 25,000 emails to the White House
Dozens of other human rights, free speech, government transparency, and civil liberties organizations have called for Chelsea’s release
A wide range of notable people have publicly supported Chelsea including Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Morris C. Davis, journalist Glenn Greenwald, Sean Ono Lennon, REM lead singer Michael Stipe, comedian Margaret Cho, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine,, and many others.
Learn more at FreeChelsea.com, and follow Chelsea on Twitter at @xychelsea
Edward Snowden @Snowden 42 minutes ago
To all who campaigned for clemency on Manning's behalf these last hard years, thank you. You made this happen:
Barack Obama commutes majority of Chelsea Manning's prison sentence | The Guardian
Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence | BBC News
President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence | NBC News
President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer, who is serving a 35 years for giving classified information to Wikileaks.
The decision, made in the last days of his presidency, means that Manning can be freed May 17, seven years into her sentence.
More than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Obama to cut short the sentence. Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said in a tweet that if Obama could only free one person, it should be Manning.
Continued at http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/president-obama-commutes-chelsea-manning-s-sentence-n708046
tl;dr Nice one, Barack. Doinitrite.
Yay, at long last .
She deserves this and more. I'm utterly delighted for her. Just a few more steps Chelsea we're all rooting for you..
Let's see if Assange will turn himself in now.
Wrong guy, you're a fucking fantastic asset to this forum and perhaps you don't get enough recognition for everything you contribute .
Thank you Wrong Guy.
It wasn't a pardon.
True.....But it's freedom , long overdue freedom.
DH you're a picky so and so, but between you, Wrong Guy , Right On and a few others in the AVS forum you're the glue that holds it all together.
Once I'm done rooting for Chelsea and she's home free , literally home free, my thoughts will be focused on Edward Snowden and what pressure can be applied where and to whom to bring him back.
President Obama Commutes Prison Sentence For Chelsea Manning
By Alex Emmons, The Intercept
“I’m relieved and thankful that the president is doing the right thing and commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence,” said Chase Strangio, an attorney with the ACLU representing Manning, in a statement. “Since she was first taken into custody, Chelsea has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement — including for attempting suicide — and has been denied access to medically necessary health care. This move could quite literally save Chelsea’s life, and we are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many.”
Obama is Right on Chelsea Manning
By Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey, Lawfare
...the story of Chelsea Manning is more complicated than the crime she committed, as Alex Gibney’s first-rate documentary We Steal Secrets vividly portrays. The power of clemency was designed to empower the President to make precisely the fine moral distinctions that say that one should not forgive Manning’s crime but that she should not serve the full term of a horrifically long sentence. We have watched this case for years, through the lens of national security, but at the end of the day, we think her sentence should be commuted for many of the same reasons that drive Gibney’s evident sympathy with her in the film: This is one of those cases where justice requires course correction.
President Obama apparently agrees, and he deserves credit for taking what may be a political risk in his last week in office to translate that instinct into a reality.
Seven Years Is Enough: Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence |
By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
Obama has commuted hundreds of sentences, as have previous presidents. By definition, these are acts of mercy that explicitly reduce a sentence imposed by the justice system. His commutation of Manning's sentence is no more a big FU to the military justice system than his other commutations are big FUs to the civilian justice system.
What's more, there are several reasons to believe that Manning deserves this show of mercy. She released only low-level documents, not top secret ones. She was clearly in a good deal of mental distress when she did it. And she pleaded guilty to most of the charges and apologized publicly for her actions.
The biggest disconnect between those who approve of her commutation and those who don't is undoubtedly a simple difference of opinion about how serious her crimes were. But there's another disconnect that's less obvious because so many of us barely even notice it anymore: the United States is a wild outlier when it comes to the length of prison sentences. Manning was sentenced to 45 years in prison. A lot of people will shrug when they read that, but it's insane by any kind of global standard. We hand out 15 and 20-year sentences like candy in America, while the rest of the world considers 5-10 years a severe sentence for anyone short of a serial killer.
Chelsea Manning will end up spending seven years in prison. By any non-crazy standard, that's a very long sentence considering the circumstances of Manning's crime. I don't believe she was wrongly convicted — no government can possibly allow a soldier to expose a massive trove of state secrets without punishment — but I do believe that seven years is enough. Let it rest.
Yep. Let it go and move on.
Chelsea Manning: to those who kept me alive all these years, thank you
When I was afraid, you taught me how to keep going. When I was lost, you showed me the way
By Chelsea E Manning, The Guardian
To those who have kept me alive for the past six years: minutes after President Obama announced the commutation of my sentence, the prison quickly moved me out of general population and into the restrictive housing unit where I am now held. I know that we are now physically separated, but we will never be apart and we are not alone. Recently, one of you asked me “Will you remember me?” I will remember you. How could I possibly forget? You taught me lessons I would have never learned otherwise.
When I was afraid, you taught me how to keep going. When I was lost, you showed me the way. When I was numb, you taught me how to feel. When I was angry, you taught me how to chill out. When I was hateful, you taught me how to be compassionate. When I was distant, you taught me how to be close. When I was selfish, you taught me how to share.
Sometimes, it took me a while to learn many things. Other times, I would forget, and you would remind me.
We were friends in a way few will ever understand. There was no room to be superficial. Instead, we bared it all. We could hide from our families and from the world outside, but we could never hide from each other.
We argued, we bickered and we fought with each other. Sometimes, over absolutely nothing. But, we were always a family. We were always united.
When the prison tried to break one of us, we all stood up. We looked out for each other. When they tried to divide us, and systematically discriminated against us, we embraced our diversity and pushed back. But, I also learned from all of you when to pick my battles. I grew up and grew connected because of the community you provided.
Those outside of prison may not believe that we act like human beings under these conditions. But of course we do. And we build our own networks of survival.
I never would have made it without you. Not only did you teach me these important lessons, but you made sure I felt cared for. You were the people who helped me to deal with the trauma of my regular haircuts. You were the people who checked on me after I tried to end my life. You were the people that played fun games with me. Who wished me a Happy Birthday. We shared the holidays together. You were and will always be family.
For many of you, you are already free and living outside of the prison walls. Many of you will come home soon. Some of you still have many years to go.
The most important thing that you taught me was how to write and how to speak in my own voice. I used to only know how to write memos. Now, I write like a human being, with dreams, desires and connections. I could not have done it without you.
From where I am now, I still think of all of you. When I leave this place in May, I will still think of all of you. And to anyone who finds themselves feeling alone behind bars, know that there is a network of us who are thinking of you. You will never be forgotten.
Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund by Chase Strangio | GoFundMe
For the past seven years, Chelsea has been incarcerated. She survived solitary confinement, systemic denial of health care and years of being separated from her friends and community. Through it all she has remained a steadfast voice for liberty and justice and an inspiration to so many. We now have a chance to show our appreciation for all that she has given us.
Following the commutation of her 35 year sentence, Chelsea will head home to Maryland on May 17, 2017 and we, her closest friends and family, are raising money to meet her survival needs.
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