Chelsea Man­ning asks Obama to cut sen­tence to time served

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chelsea Man­ning, who is more than six years into a 35-year sen­tence for leak­ing clas­si­fied gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary doc­u­ments to the Wik­iLeaks web­site, is ask­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to com­mute her sen­tence to time served.

In a com­mu­ta­tion ap­pli­ca­tion re­leased by her at­tor­neys, the trans­gen­der sol­dier said there was no his­tor­i­cal prece­dent for such an ex­treme sen­tence for the leak of se­cret doc­u­ments.

Man­ning was ar­rested in 2010 and con­victed in 2013 in mil­i­tary court of six Es­pi­onage Act vi­o­la­tions and 14 other of­fenses for leak­ing more than 700,000 se­cret mil­i­tary and State Depart­ment doc­u­ments, plus some bat­tle­field video to Wik­iLeaks. At that point she was known as Bradley Man­ning.

She is in cus­tody at the mil­i­tary prison at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kansas.

Man­ning, who was an in­tel­li­gence ana- lyst in Iraq, ac­knowl­edged leak­ing the doc­u­ments but said it was in­tended to raise public aware­ness about the im­pact of war on in­no­cent civil­ians.

She later filed a trans­gen­der pris­oner rights law­suit and has tried to com­mit sui­cide mul­ti­ple times cit­ing her treat­ment be­hind bars.

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