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Chelsea Manning Set To Be Released From Prison, 28 Years Early (nbcnews.com) 542

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is set to walk out of prison Wednesday -- but she won't be entirely free. Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking an enormous trove of military intelligence records was commuted by President Barack Obama in January. But Manning is still appealing her conviction in a case that could take years, and the government has yet to respond to the appeal. And all the while, Private First Class Manning, 29, will remain an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. She won't be paid a salary, and it's highly unlikely that she will be called to serve. But being placed on voluntary excess leave rather than discharged, says one of her attorneys, makes her vulnerable to new military punishment or charges if she steps out of line. Such an offense could be anything from getting into a fistfight to revealing previously unreleased classified information. Manning could even get into trouble with the military for speaking and writing. The Army private then known as Bradley Manning was just 22-year-old when she leaked nearly 750,000 military files and cables to WikiLeaks. Manning was court-martialed and sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison, with opportunity for parole after seven years served. n a statement given to the TODAY show the day after sentencing, Manning came out as a transgender woman. Last Tuesday, in Manning's first official statement about her plans after prison, she said, "I can see a future for myself as Chelsea."
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Chelsea Manning Set To Be Released From Prison, 28 Years Early

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  • Yay! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This is a happy day amidst troubled times. Thanks Chelsea, for having done the right thing, and thanks Obama.

  • by KozmoStevnNaut ( 630146 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `nvetskirneh'> on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @09:17AM (#54433179)

    Manning discovered widespread corruption, deeply unethical behavior and absolutely unacceptable conduct, and she decided to let fundamental human rights and dignity overrule artificial power structures, so she exposed the lies, and of course the liars punished her.

    It must have taken immense bravery, and we should admire her, not attack her.

    • by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @09:35AM (#54433325) Journal
      No she didn't. Wikileaks did. She just dumped a whole load of files on them with no way of knowing if there was anything that exposed criminal actions, or how responsible wikileaks would be.

      There was no deeply unethical behaviour 99% of what was given to wikileaks.
      • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @09:58AM (#54433535) Homepage Journal

        I have to agree. There's a big difference between leaking, and dumping troves of information. It could have been bad.

        Fortunately it was nowhere near as bad as people were claiming at the time. None of the revelations were really that shocking except to people who were naive about war or diplomacy.

        In a way the most shocking thing was the sheer breadth of information that was made available to a young person who was disturbed, alienated and psychologically vulnerable. Granted screening for people like that is never going to be perfect, but it's almost like they weren't even trying.

      • We're not allowed to say things like that because it exposes that Manning is potentially the same kind of person as Cosmo or whatever they're calling themselves now: a mentally-imbalanced individual with severe cognitive and emotional control problems due to unaddressed psychiatric issues.

        GID is generally handled by gender reassignment. That's usually mostly-benign, although there's a lot of social stress that's secondary. GID is frequently comorbid with serious psychiatric disturbances that look an a

    • Him, not her... don't feed into that bullshit, he was born a man and will always be one, no matter what parts he cuts off.

  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @09:23AM (#54433223)
    As long as she is on active duty, she falls under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). If the charge is violating military rules or regulations, she would be processed under the UCMJ. But, even for normal active duty personnel, many crimes or charges are handled by normal civilian courts if they do not involve other military personnel or occur on military property. The military has the option to process them under the UCMJ, but often just let civilian courts handle the charges.
  • Or (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SlashDread ( 38969 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @09:27AM (#54433255)

    7 years too late.

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